MINUS 25: Michael Potter

This was the warmest temperature that we encountered in the daytime during this shoot in and around Kiruna in northern Sweden.

At night it dropped to minus nearly 40. This was my third trip in three years and getting what I wanted was proving elusive and very difficult as the batteries of a digital SLR give up the ghost after only a few minutes at that temperature, not to mention lens condensation problems and the difficulty of using the camera's functions when you literally have only a minute or two to get a shot.

I was also on a workshop so had little time for personal assignments but by the third trip, I knew what I wanted.

Technically and physically this was a harder shoot than expected and required as much physicality and fitness as skiing, which considering you are standing on a sled behind four or six dogs seems odd, but every movement in bulky arctic clothing and deep powder snow with the constant management of the dog teams quickly takes its toll. I think that's why working with dogs in harness

can be so difficult and what makes it so rewarding when you do come away with something worth showing.

Dog sled team KIruna, Sweden
Man cooking in a hut in steam
Dog and handler in the snow in Sweden ED 15:
Sled dog on hind legs in snow
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