For readers

of Terra nova

The history of Antarctic exploration features extraordinary photographic records. Expedition photographers like Shackleton's Francis Hurley and Scott's Herbert Ponting made the most of the continent's stark tones. Here's just a small sample of photographs from Scott's 1910-1913 expedition.

At the same time when Scott was exploring Antarctica, the suffrage movement was fighting for women's right to vote, back in London. In these few photos from the movement, you can see what extremes the women went through, fighting not at the end of the earth, but right at home.

In Terra Nova, Viola devises a photography project working with the hunger strikers of the suffrage movement, to turn classic paintings of the female nude into images of women's power. Here are some of the paintings she attempts to undermine with her photographs.

Antarctica, Suffrage, and More

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Robert_Falcon_Scott_by_Herbert_Ponting

Scott at his desk in the hut at Cape Evans (photo by Herbert Ponting)

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Lawrence_Oates_c1911

Oates spoke the famous line: "I am going outside and may be some time." (photo by Herbert Ponting)

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Grave_of_the_Southern_Party

photo by Herbert Ponting

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Robert_Falcon_Scott_by_Herbert_Ponting

Scott at his desk in the hut at Cape Evans (photo by Herbert Ponting)

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Constance_Lytton_and_others_in_the_'Prison_to_Citizenship'_pageant,_1911._(22708291240)
Constance_Lytton_and_others_in_the_'Prison_to_Citizenship'_pageant,_1911._(22708291240)

Lady Constance Lytton is the inspiration for the character of Abigail who attempts to carve "votes for women" on her chest and face.

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Emmeline_Pankhurst_in_prison

the famous suffrage leader in her Holloway Prison uniform

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Force-feeding_poster_(suffragettes)

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Constance_Lytton_and_others_in_the_'Prison_to_Citizenship'_pageant,_1911._(22708291240)
Constance_Lytton_and_others_in_the_'Prison_to_Citizenship'_pageant,_1911._(22708291240)

Lady Constance Lytton is the inspiration for the character of Abigail who attempts to carve "votes for women" on her chest and face.

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Botticelli_Venus

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'Odalisque'_by_Jean_Auguste_Dominique_Ingres,_LACMA

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Edouard_Manet_-_Olympia_-_Google_Art_ProjectFXD

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Botticelli_Venus

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For Readers

of the Clover House

Patras and Memory: How I Chose the Setting for The Clover House

Patras, Greece, is not the kind of city people choose to go to. Its architecture is dominated by boxy apartment buildings; its streets form a maze of one-way routes seemingly designed to prevent motion; its colonnaded sidewalks are rendered impassable by serried ranks of parked motorcycles. People transit through Patras, catching the ferry that will take them to Brindisi or Ancona or the Ionian Islands, or the train or bus that will take them to Athens. Patras is secondary to these other places, a placeholder, really. Just somewhere you have to sit for a few hours while you wait to leave.

But if you look closely, past the satellite dishes and the antennas and the graceless apartment buildings of rebar and cement, you can see the city it used to be before the war, with its neoclassical . . .[read more]

Inspirations

Carnival floats in Patras Greece
Carnival floats in Patras Greece

One of the Carnival floats for the daytime grand parade in Patras, Greece.

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Carnivalgoers taking a rest
Carnivalgoers taking a rest

Two Carnivalgoers ride a float during the Patras parade.

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Watching the Carnival at night
Watching the Carnival at night

A flare lights the night as people watch the Patras Carnival parade from a balcony.

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Girls in Butterfly Wings
Girls in Butterfly Wings

An inspiration for The Clover House.

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Children in costume circa 1930
Children in costume circa 1930

An inspiration for The Clover House.

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Family at the farm outside Patras
Family at the farm outside Patras

My grandparents and other relatives, an inspiration for The Clover House.

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