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  • February 16, 2015

What Does Nothing Look Like?

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Alexa Keefe

This post was originally published in February 2015. We’re resurfacing it as part of our #ThrowbackThursday effort to give some love to our favorite posts.—The Proof Team

The longest night of his life, photographer Murray Fredericks says, was spent on an ice cap in Greenland in March 2010. He had been dropped off by helicopter about ten days earlier to begin work on his Greenland Ice Project. After braving the minus 50 degree windchill alone, he got a call on his satellite phone. An expedition team passing within a couple of miles were being followed by two polar bears, who had since changed direction and were heading his way. “I got a call saying, ‘Get your gun ready, and don’t fall asleep,’” he remembers. And then a blizzard blew up, threatening to collapse his tent and clogging his gun with snow.

Picture of an ice sheet in Greenland
Icesheet #2654. Late sun with 22-degree halo.

You might draw the conclusion that the thrill of adventure is at play here, spurring a need to conquer extreme environments and live to tell the tale.

“It was absolutely horrendous,” he recalls.

Luckily, the weather shifted, he melted the snow from his gun over the stove, and when there was a scratch at his tent several days later, it wasn’t a polar bear but two Canadian expeditioners who had lost their communication equipment. In a turn of serendipity, Fredericks happened to be heading out by chopper the next day and was able to help them out with a ride back to civilization.

Watch Greenland’s landscapes come to life in this time-lapse video. Full-screen viewing is recommended.

What is at play is an unwavering commitment to his artistic vision. Fredericks returned five different times over the next three years, from 2010 to 2013.

“What I’m really fascinated with is the psychological impact of a photograph. Why does a landscape image have such an effect on people? Even when it’s an image of nothing.”

Picture of an icesheet in Greenland
Icesheet #5256

This concept of “photographing nothing” began as an experiment, Fredericks says. His first foray into this space was with his project “Salt,” photographing the salt flats of Lake Eyre in his native Australia. Eight years and 16 or 17 visits later, he was curious about what would happen if he took this concept to an even more minimal landscape—the barren ice sheet of Greenland.

“There’s the physical reality of creating a body of work where there is nothing to photograph. When you choose to photograph an empty white ice cap, it takes a very long time to get any images at all because you’re relying on the subtleties of weather, of light, of the snow.”

Picture of a sun over an ice sheet in Greenland
Icesheet #0712. Late sun and fog.

Over the course of the project, he collaborated on a documentary film, Nothing on Earth; created a series of stunning still images and time-lapses; and even worked with a musician to produce a video and music piece in an abandoned radar dome. For Fredericks, though, the final exhibition space is his guide, from start to finish:

“What I’m visualizing when I’m out there is a large gallery space. When I know how to stop on these projects is when I feel I got this very succinct statement and very succinct experience for people … to walk into the exhibition space and feel.”

Picture of the sky and an ice sheet in Greenland
Icesheet #3055

The smallest he prints his photographs is about five feet, he says, and sometimes his exhibitions are comprised of only a couple of photographs. Viewers are invited to be immersed in an experience with minimal distractions, left to draw their own conclusions to the question Fredericks places in front of them: “What does nothing look like?”

More of Murray Fredericks’s landscapes from the Greenland Ice Project, and the vision behind them, are featured in the March 2015 issue of National Geographic. A trailer for Fredericks’s documentary, Nothing on Earth, is viewable here. You may also see more of Fredericks’s work on his website.

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  1. David W. Tuthill
    March 27, 2016

    Amazing. Surreal. Would love to see more of his work

  2. Gonçalo Elias
    November 13, 2015

    Nothing on earth is so beautiful…

  3. Michel Paul
    March 22, 2015

    A beautifull moment of peace…thank you

  4. patricia p.
    March 18, 2015

    Absolutely over whelming. Stunningly beautiful and awesome.

  5. yashwinder
    March 17, 2015

    lovely…wish i could do something like this

  6. Gavin
    March 14, 2015

    It’s so amazing

  7. Vivian
    March 11, 2015

    It seems I have searched my whole life for some kind of peace for my soul and I have finally found it in these photographs. Thank you

  8. Phreak
    March 10, 2015

    In this case, “nothing” emphasizes planet Earth, its atmosphere and its creator, the Sun.

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  9. Joe Tutko
    March 8, 2015

    These “nothing” time elapse photos would make a great screen saver…

  10. tomiSU
    March 6, 2015

    …”What Does Nothing Look Like?”??
    ~Still, by viwing these wonderful photographs, I do not *know* what “nothing looks like”, as these brilliant photographs show us “something tangible and with matter.”
    So the question beckons: can “nothing” a-c-t-u-a-l-l-y be photograph and accessed with the human mind???…

  11. Jozie Klaas
    March 6, 2015

    Stunningly Nothing! In every nothing, there’s a something. In fact, there could be everything! Great work!

  12. Nitta
    March 4, 2015

    Woo ow beautiful

  13. Mike Berry
    March 4, 2015

    It’s like watching a planet breathe. Inspiring.

  14. Rasti
    March 3, 2015

    Absolutely magical.

  15. Stephan
    March 3, 2015

    Stunning! I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to Death Valley that there are indeed many different and beautiful kinds of “nothingness”.

  16. Marcy Perry
    March 2, 2015

    A picture can move your soul, as his do. Ethereal….

  17. Carmel Formato
    March 1, 2015

    Stunningly beautiful & captivating. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work.

  18. Tuli Molina
    March 1, 2015

    What amazes me is “Nothing”. I see so much…my heart swells and aches at the same time. A marshmellow vicegrip.

  19. giulio mangili
    February 28, 2015

    Bellissimo! A new concept for nothing. Thank you.

  20. Richard Tonn
    February 27, 2015

    Nothing I can say is adequate, not even how grateful I am.

  21. Margie
    February 27, 2015

    I don’t consider any of these photos nothing, unless you determine nothing to be without human forms. The sky and the ocean and the snow are something quite spectacular in their right

  22. R.N.Sharma
    February 27, 2015

    Wonderful, no words to express that creation of almighty. Thanks for taking me and many more viewres to unbelievable sites which we can never think of reaching out.

  23. Marla Allen
    February 26, 2015

    To me, your “nothingness” is absolutely spectacular. Thank you.

  24. Ken
    February 26, 2015

    Only God could create something as beautiful as this world we live in out of nothing. Nothing is always beautiful because it is absent of all.

  25. Victor Wilson
    February 26, 2015

    Nature’s always in charge, not withstanding its having been around aeons longer than we have! Thanks for this indelible moment.

  26. Carolyn
    February 25, 2015

    As a Buddhist we meditate for emptiness and are taught that it does not mean nothingness. But your “nothing” is rather the “emptiness” we seek to achieve arriving at total peace, happiness and bliss. Thank you for sharing these beautiful images of our world.

  27. Cee Cee Collins
    February 25, 2015

    Thank You!

  28. Ratneshwar Dayal
    February 25, 2015

    Speechless .iam still lost.

  29. Marion Hemphill
    February 25, 2015

    Captivating story. Exceptional photos . It is just after midnight siting in the dark looking at the photo and watching this serene film clip over and over again and one more time, please. Thank you National Geographic . Thank you Murray Fredericks.

  30. Amer Yousif
    February 25, 2015

    Thank you to give us this experience when we were in our houses and you were in difficult challenge.

  31. Gico Dayanghirang
    February 24, 2015

    Thank you for this glimpse of beauty!

  32. Carlos
    February 24, 2015

    Exellent experience. Exellent shots. I would like a travel at the artic. Thank you for this view of a beautyful place of this planet.

  33. elizabeth Harvey
    February 24, 2015

    Gloriously Breathtaking, Spine Chilling,
    and Awesomely Beautiful !!!!

  34. Link Belt
    February 24, 2015

    It is alway interesting to me upon reports of seeing nothing because there are known nothings. For example all those things we look at but fail to see. This failure (that I and many people have) results in the nothings we may know are really that we know nothing. Further complications would be the unknown nothings or failure to see our own failures. Your putting a face on “what nothing looks like,” points out to me that it is fortunate that there are some who can see what nothing looks like. “So under this tall tree I shall lie and watch the clouds go rolling by.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

  35. Donna Bruchey
    February 24, 2015

    Why & who on the Earth would pollute what we have? There is no excuse.

  36. Valerie Moore
    February 24, 2015

    Beautiful! Thank you!

  37. Karen Trostl
    February 24, 2015

    Today is my Birthday and these pictures prove that winter can produce simplistic beauty that enriches & humbles the soul.

  38. Ekow
    February 24, 2015

    Wow…. makes you wonder at the world anew.

  39. ANGIE
    February 24, 2015

    The explanation of looking and nothing and feeling so much is simply God!!! The bible tells us that if we do not cry out to the magnificence of God the very rocks will cry out with His Glory!!! In these pictures we feel the Holy Spirit in us cry out!!!

  40. Dorila Cormier
    February 24, 2015

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful insight!

  41. Peter the Dutch
    February 24, 2015

    Very impressive pictures, Mr. Fredericks. They make me halt and reflect. Please keep on enriching us with such astonishing work 🙂

  42. Pedro Mounier Ferrer
    February 24, 2015

    Miro a nada y lo veo todo. Es lo mas hermoso que he visto en fotos, pues como en la vida misma, en lo poco siempre hay mucho…

  43. usiagwu chidi O
    February 24, 2015

    Majestic and Loving God. Visible realities of a wondrous land. Tell me how you did it lord. All of Geographic studies only help to say thank you Father.

  44. Ana
    February 24, 2015

    Absolutely stunning – thank you for sharing these visions!

  45. Henry Kafwembe
    February 24, 2015

    If nothing can be so beautiful, I will crave for nothing. Thank you.

  46. Donna Parrish
    February 24, 2015

    Beautiful aoneness has never been captured in such a penetrating way.

  47. MATHEW M.C.
    February 24, 2015

    marvelous photos..experienced the oneness with nature and God through them…God Bless the Photographer..

  48. T W
    February 24, 2015

    Your images touched my soul. Just Beautiful.

  49. Junita Zulkarnain
    February 23, 2015

    NOTHING IS MAJESTIC

  50. Cardwell
    February 23, 2015

    Thank you ! I am in complete awe. How can we not do all we can to protect our environment?!!

  51. Cardwell
    February 23, 2015

    Awesome, marvelous…how can we not do all we can to protect our environment?!!

  52. Ann
    February 23, 2015

    The world is a magical place. Thank you for showing me that magic

  53. The Old Wolf
    February 23, 2015

    These photographs are stunning. My thanks to the photographer.

  54. Stephanie Stipp
    February 23, 2015

    Thank you to Mr. Fredricks for braving his life in the elements to show me what otherwise I would never see in my lifetime.I cried.

  55. Sonia Gottesman
    February 23, 2015

    Loved the stars and northern lights! Thanks for sharing this unique work.

  56. nancy Stone
    February 23, 2015

    I have struggled myself as an artist to resist putting a subject in an interesting setting, probably because it will disturb the quiet serenity of the picture and draw attention to something other the the calm.

  57. JOHN P BAKER JR
    February 23, 2015

    i am an amateur photographer. You give me the courage to try to be better.

  58. Eric
    February 23, 2015

    Apparently plays on words are too difficult for literalists? A wonderful set of photos. And to the person objecting to him having a gun, so it’s okay for Polar Bears to kill him, but not for him to protect himself (and encourage the bears to eat more nutritious seals?)

  59. jing zhong
    February 23, 2015

    It’s so nice to share those amazing view with others! I could feel the chilly whether as the words and the images describe. Thank you! Some places without civilisation look really pretty! I am thinking that is it human destroy the natural beauty? if so, how could we improve, even just for a little bit?

  60. CRAY
    February 23, 2015

    Thank you , Mr Fredick’s, for allowing God to use your eyes in his service.I looked deep into nothing, and all I saw was God. May God Bless you, and keep you safe. A-MEN.

  61. Diane
    February 23, 2015

    The purity shows our environment only asks for protection to give us so much…beauty is one. In viewing, I instantly felt my shoulder and then my whole body melt.

  62. Tink Abraham
    February 23, 2015

    Incredible pictures. Thank you!

  63. Kwalu Lagani
    February 23, 2015

    Too natural..

  64. ashok
    February 23, 2015

    ” Nothing ” is beautiful. Is it not something?

  65. Vicki Rublee
    February 23, 2015

    Greenland is gorgeous! They are doing something right there… preserving God’s good earth. Keep up with the beautiful photos National Geographic!

  66. tina
    February 23, 2015

    Браво!Гренландия,казалось бы, снежная пустыня.От фото и видео-дух захватывает.

  67. brad
    February 23, 2015

    sometimes it is the most simple things in life that are the most important. Here you took the most minimal landscape and made beautiful pictures… our world is amazing…and you did great. thanks

  68. Yujiro
    February 23, 2015

    Amazing and beautiful photos.Thank you

  69. Debbie
    February 23, 2015

    Your photos of “nothing” are really “something”!!

  70. Rania
    February 23, 2015

    I can use these pictures for meditation to get my mind to that place of ‘nothing’ for a few minutes every day

  71. corina walker
    February 23, 2015

    Nothing is forever….

  72. Roseann Roseanna Danna
    February 23, 2015

    “Dare’s always sumptin'”

  73. joe
    February 23, 2015

    Serendipity!

  74. Patrick Mattison
    February 23, 2015

    There is no such thing as nothing…nothing is something of the beauty of life that many fail to see!

  75. Dan Lazovich
    February 23, 2015

    To be surrounded by all of the ice and cold, daylight and darkness, I couldn’t begin to imagine the intensity of Nothing that grew when you would close your eyes to take time to sleep. Because then I feel there was then truly Nothing.

  76. Antonio Mario Magalhaes
    February 23, 2015

    Let me see if I got this right. A so-called photographer went to a place in Nature to get a shot and, for that purpose, he was ready to kill two animals who were just trying to continue on with their lives.

    Mr. Fredericks: please stay at home next time, will you. Our planet does not need such stupid, selfish acts. Try and photograph Nature, not destroy it and/or its life.

    Mrs. Keefe: thanks for bringing to your attention such despicable intention by this gentleman. But, please, don’t try and make him look like a hero.

    Very sad.

  77. Weltbuerger
    February 23, 2015

    These photos evoke philosophical,scientific and religious thought. I agree there is no such thing as nothing anywhere because nothing is a subset of Everything. Who are what then is Everything? Everything is what the Universe is expanding into….

  78. Beverley Rahnn
    February 23, 2015

    Out of nothing God created the heavens and earth. Beautiful, awesome, wonderful.

  79. katya
    February 23, 2015

    wow that is amazing

  80. Chic McCormick
    February 23, 2015

    Wonderful photos.

  81. Ramaprasad
    February 23, 2015

    It has many thing. Courageous

  82. harald
    February 23, 2015

    Absolutely magnificent, unimaginable that sometime in the not too distant future this will all be gone, either through human intervention or simply via natural causes.
    Nothing is forever!
    Great, there are people like you able to document this far from “nothing” reality.

  83. Avinash
    February 23, 2015

    I used to think why can’t people do ‘Nothing’, it still means doing something. Now I can see ‘Nothing’, cements the belief that ‘Nothing’ is there….. after all.

  84. Vincent
    February 23, 2015

    How this could be NOTHING? Just snow, ice and water? Wrong – this is nature and we are part of it!

  85. Fornik Tsai
    February 23, 2015

    I have one word: beautiful.

  86. Gico Dayanghirang
    February 23, 2015

    Stunning! This must’ve been a great effort considering the location. For a guy who lives in the tropics, this is as close as I can get to a place I probably would never see in person. Thank you for sharing this.

  87. Meera
    February 23, 2015

    My 7 year old daughter who is quite an abstract thinker recently said to me, Mama, when all the galaxies are done, there is nothing and that’s the real nothing!!!

  88. Ms Chris
    February 23, 2015

    “Ditto” Wow, beautiful photography, Mr. Frederick’s. I understand your concept of “Nothing” but what you have captured is truly “Something” and that is the majesty and wonderment of our creator Jehovah God. Romans 1:20 “For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable”.

  89. Rayburn
    February 23, 2015

    I don’t see anything to get excited about. But Nothing I do see is amazing!

  90. Diana
    February 23, 2015

    Wonderful!

  91. Diana
    February 23, 2015

    Awesome and beautiful! Makes the mind and soul expand and expand at a very high tone

  92. Veena Walia
    February 23, 2015

    Awesome and hauntingly Beautiful..
    This Nothing conveys Everything.
    Reflections of GOD…

  93. Funny Dinosaurs
    February 23, 2015

    Our planet is amazing. You are very lucky to be in the position to capture these images. To bring these back to the public we thankyou.

  94. Ajith
    February 23, 2015

    For me, this ‘nothing’ means everything….Sky and the Earth- whatelse do we have?

  95. Richard Pruett
    February 23, 2015

    Might it be that holiness lies in the interstices of space? That zero is the most sacred of numerals? That anti-matter and dark matter are simply other terms for space, and space is equal to the displacement caused by mass, partitioned by light — the cherubin with the sword of fire posted by God at both ends of the Garden to preserve its sanctity? That God is immanent in space and silence and fills the void in and between all things? That He is best sought in solitude? Could it be that that is why these photos resonate with us as they do, because some—not all, but some—of us have a chord in tune with the harmonics of the celestial spheres, a yearning for restored fellowship with our Father and Creator?

  96. carmen n. fortich
    February 22, 2015

    “WHEN NOTHING IS EVERYTHING”

  97. Joanne
    February 22, 2015

    The heavens and earth declare the wonder of creation. Thank you for capturing a moment in time. Great work!

  98. Tho Huynh
    February 22, 2015

    If you are in Search of NOTHING, then you should be careful, very careful, because NOTHING can cause harm to your Brain, your Mind,your kidneys, your stress, your depress; especially, you are living in world of hurry, wolf eats wolf, in general it call capitalism

  99. Tho Huynh
    February 22, 2015

    Please do not think I said NOTHING is mean emptiness like other people said. You can learn about NOTHING all your life; unfortunately, to the end you can see a light at the end of the tunel you are lucky, or you see nothing, or it turns you crazy . . . you must be a good person, good spirit, etc to explore NOTHING; otherwise, you are asking for trouble! ! !
    Western Civilization is proud about exploration of New world and many more, then all of that go to nothing that Eastern has understood for thousands of years . . . . .
    It is a long story, I might write a book of thousand pages or just few words to explain . . . . . . . . . again depend who you are I am talking to.
    Western Civilization can discover all, but nothing, then Western Civilization did not do anything for life yet! Eastern Civilization did not discover anything yet, But Nothing, then Eastern Civilization has done everything for Life

  100. Tho
    February 22, 2015

    If I am selling Universe and Bigger Universe, or even NOTHINGNESS oppositely, then the Question is: “ Will you know how to Buy them or dare to Buy them??? If you say YES, then I will reveal a little more about Universe and Bigger Universe, you might find them amazing, they are very useful to use for your Business or to make Money. . . Please do not think why I have not, the only answer I can tell you now is: “every business has its own story of beginning” mine is not exception either ! ! ! !

  101. Tho
    February 22, 2015

    I am afraid nobody on earth has the answer for nothing mot cach chan ly, either chap khong or chap co, vua co vua khong, ma khong la that khong. this world did not have the Truth of Nothingness, it has only the Reality of Nothing, but nothing itself. Do we as Human need to find the Truth of Nothing, it depends on who you are to find Nothing for, it is even more funny when people in capitalism world thought about nothing while they possess all kind of materials and even want more, like me LOL . . . . . . .
    especially with the artist like Murray Frdericks from western civilization talking about nothing is very weird to me . . . . . . If you tell me about Eastern Artist said something about NOTHING, then I will not feel strange, but Western Civilization said about NOTHING is absolutely strange and dangerous . . . . .

  102. Shri guru bakkesha
    February 22, 2015

    These amazing slices look like timeless. I wonder who enjoys the beauty when none are present. Is it that beauty itself is in a blissful state. These pictures definitely make me think that’s for sure.

  103. Jim Walch
    February 22, 2015

    Less is often more. With less you can capture the uncluttered essence of a time and place. Fabulous images!

  104. Andres
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing seems to imply the absence of something, in this context, many things are not seen. From the perspective of the other and an urban one at that, “Nothing” feels quite right. Bravo, beautiful to see these barren landscapes and to behold what you’ve witnessed.

  105. Doris Teo
    February 22, 2015

    Everything in Nothing is beautiful – fantastic pictures

  106. John Ward
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing is beautiful

  107. Andrew
    February 22, 2015

    This pics are great! Well done

  108. Ashwin Kothari
    February 22, 2015

    Spectacular…,the pictures here deliver your thoughts,experience….nothing is quite interesting as it shows much more the Greenland,ice sheets the lonely planet.. In nutshell its WOW…!!!

  109. Aalekh Prajapati
    February 22, 2015

    Beautiful concept and imagination of “Photographing nothing”. The silence in the images is noticeable and worth giving a relaxation. Beautiful photography and exploration.

  110. Deepak Jha
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience and bringing through your eyes and mind the beauty which only a few us will be able to see for real and appreciate.

  111. Adrienne
    February 22, 2015

    Our Mother at her finest.

  112. Vicki
    February 22, 2015

    Mr. Murray, As I looked at your stunning and emotionally provocative pictures, I realized that I was repeatedly wiping the tears from my eyes so I could continue to appreciate their magnificence. Well done, Frederick Murray, and THANK YOU from the center of my soul (And I know exactly where that is at this moment in time. What an awesome feeling! Thank you again!!).

  113. Mcphee
    February 22, 2015

    The earth is; but Most beautiful nothing.Thanks.

  114. CAROL E MALTBY
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your photographs with us. They are something that are tireless and timeless. They must be awesome in their full size.

  115. Ken Lo
    February 22, 2015

    I suggest to call it “peace” or “tranquility” instead of “nothing”. Nothing means nothing, absolute darkness and emptiness, but the truth is we cannot have a real nothing or nothingness on earth or in our universe.

  116. Connie
    February 22, 2015

    You have captured the beauty of our world once again. Thought that “nothing” would mean death, but in death we ascend to a beautiful place also. Your work is amazing. Thank-you

  117. Tracy Kittell
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing equals everything absolutely priceless and breathtaking.

  118. Steven Rice
    February 22, 2015

    I’ve tried to imagine the ex nihilo, now I see in part through your eyes. Thank you.

  119. Mike
    February 22, 2015

    Cool

  120. KYTai
    February 22, 2015

    Majestic and awesome creation by a majestic and awesome God. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised…. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:3 Your photographs helped me gasp in awe and in silence a great God. All other events are insignificant compared to my personal relationship with Him. It will be very lonely if I do not know Him.

  121. barry
    February 22, 2015

    extremely beautiful, speechless

  122. gordon
    February 22, 2015

    Icesheat no. 3305 reminds me of the depth in Michelle Maria’s eyes, or at least as I remember them.

  123. Liliana
    February 22, 2015

    Humans are used to activity. When we see an image where there is no movement or even illusion of movement we see it as boring. I recall a person telling me about seeing Arizona desert for the first time. They saw it as devoid of life and found it depressing. I, on the other hand found it quite beautiful and not at all boring. Same with this photograph, the movement of air, shifting of clouds and ice, sun’s rays reflecting off clouds and ice all combine to make an unforgettable image. And the image is never the same.

  124. John Evans
    February 22, 2015

    The Native Peoples have many words for snow, the meteorologists have many words for clouds, the photographer has many ideas of the perfect light. Far from nothing, there is infinite variety.

  125. John Thomson
    February 22, 2015

    Many of you are taking nothing too literally. The nothing is existential and wonderful.

    In reality “nothing” doesn’t exist as ably demonstrated by Lawrence Krauss.

  126. Dr. Haydee Montenegro
    February 22, 2015

    Yes, it is “nothing”. Nothing to interrupt our witnessing the beauty of nature. Thanks for this gift.

  127. Daniel
    February 22, 2015

    Even in Nothing, One can find something…

  128. Ram Thukkaram
    February 22, 2015

    Two observations: Is it possible to stare at nothing and feeling great?Unexplainable capacity of the images to quiet you down.

  129. Harish Shukul
    February 22, 2015

    God exits in nothingness only if humans can overcome it then they can merge with Him.Its a challenge to all of us yet it affirms His presence in us.

  130. evan G.
    February 22, 2015

    I love nothing, or do I?

  131. Monte Nixon
    February 22, 2015

    Beautiful to see the separation of something and nothing at the horizon.

  132. Caroline
    February 22, 2015

    There is no such thing as nothing.

  133. Charles
    February 22, 2015

    The Bible talks about people who have eyes but cannot see… that sometimes, nothing is an awesome something. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  134. Roger M Sroka
    February 22, 2015

    Fascinating! Actual photographs of conversations with the Earth.

  135. dru clarke
    February 22, 2015

    even ‘zero’ is the absence of something or the presence of ‘nothing’, and this certainly is something. Having flown over Greenland coming back from Europe my husband and I were mesmerized by the shapes and shadows on the field of white below- it was riveting

  136. Helen Lockwod
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing man made. Powerful nature at its most awesome beauty. I would love to be there!

  137. Bill
    February 22, 2015

    If this is nothing then nothing could be better than looking at nothing. Beautiful

  138. Lloyd Bligh
    February 22, 2015

    Sometimes we think Nothing is when there is Nothing man-made.These photo’s are a beautiful arm chair adventure. Thank you!

  139. Clare
    February 22, 2015

    Thrilling and breathe taking

  140. Ann Andrews
    February 22, 2015

    A very ‘precious’ nothing. We must ALL do everything we can to keep the oil men out of this area. Once it is lost it is lost forever.

  141. Barwal
    February 22, 2015

    Breathtaking! Thank you for transporting me into the peaceful, refreshing, natural world I miss every once in awhile.

  142. Harry Schriver
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for sharing those beautiful views with us.

  143. Peg Nadel
    February 22, 2015

    The only thing I disagree with Mr. Fredericks is his title…how can you call Magnificence “Nothing”?

  144. Perviz Chinoy
    February 22, 2015

    WOW!

  145. Eileen O’Driscoll
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely wonderful, it transports the mind, you are truly gifted. Thank you.

  146. Catherine Cherry
    February 22, 2015

    In the nothingness there is a fullness. In the absence there is a Presence. Beautiful. Thank you.

  147. Pradip Gupta
    February 22, 2015

    Never imagined,nothing couldbe so amazingly beautiful

  148. Mardiningsih du Carrois
    February 22, 2015

    Theatre of nothingness…pregnant of music , light and movement, shades and colors, a transport to the divine….Bravo! Thank you for sharing.

  149. larry oconnell
    February 22, 2015

    I
    spent 1958 to 1959 in sondrestrom fjord thanks to the USAF, these pics take me back the one of the best days in my life. I loved every minute of that year, including the minus -41 winter. Thanks for those pics

  150. Diane Zion
    February 22, 2015

    -50 degrees, polar bears, storms and a frozen gun! You are somekind of crazy but where would the world be without people like you. Pics are poetic.

  151. Steve Bldylock
    February 22, 2015

    magnificent desolation, where have I heard that before? by another great explorer!

  152. Judith Kolwyck
    February 22, 2015

    Surprise..surprise! Nothing turns out to be everything.

  153. Holly Jahangiri
    February 22, 2015

    I nothing here that resembles my mental concept of “nothing.”

  154. Andy Garza
    February 22, 2015

    God created us in his image to respect and admire the wonder of his works.

  155. LTL
    February 22, 2015

    Having spent time on both the Greenlandic and Antarctic icesheets, I applaud your work… The nothingness is so profound when standing in it’s presence as well: no sounds, no smells, no people, no movement, (nearly) no life. It forces you to appreciate the energies of light and wind and nuance that we so often tune out when our senses are overwhelmed back here in the “real” world, which can be so far from real! I love it – fabulous work. Maybe for those who want a word holding more value/substance than “nothing” for your work, you could try “pure”. The ice isn’t empty necessarily but what little is there is perfect in its essence, it has to be, or it would never survive… Kudos!

  156. Kim
    February 22, 2015

    If you think about it, there is no such thing as nothing. Light, dark, space, time, hot, cold, rough, smooth, quiet, noisy and I’m sure there is more things to fill the void where you might think there is nothing. These great pictures seem to convey many of these.

  157. Bette
    February 22, 2015

    Far from nothing! When nothing is everything.

  158. bwana
    February 22, 2015

    A most beautiful “nothing”!

  159. patricia amundsen
    February 22, 2015

    I applaud your passion, skill and endurance to show others the glory of Planet Earth Murray Fredericks. Now we can view through your eyes, places inaccessible to most. Thank you so much.

  160. Bruce D. Griffiths Sr.
    February 22, 2015

    This is considerably more than “nothing” … it is the reality of our planet being captured on a live canvas.

  161. Y. Alex
    February 22, 2015

    The photos are breathtaking but I don’t agree that they are of “nothing.” There is the sky, clouds, the ice, water and movement. Nothing in my opinion is blank, it’s total darkness, a blank slate where the viewer interprets nothingness because you cannot see anything. The eyes behold the landscape with something we are able to translate. However, to me total darkness doesn’t give the eyes anything to perceive or imagine and leaves one with the desire to place something in the darkness that allows the mind to nourish upon. The clouds, the sky, the ice, the cold earth made me search as well as appreciate the moment, the calm.

  162. RBStanfield
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing? How egocentric. Everything.

  163. Brunifel
    February 22, 2015

    Wow, beautiful photography, Mr. Frederick’s. I understand your concept of “Nothing” but what you have captured is truly “Something” and that is the majesty and wonderment of our creator Jehovah God. Romans 1:20 “For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable”.

  164. Leah Kosh
    February 22, 2015

    Exquisite photographs. Right time, right place, right composition and color evoking the emotional impact you desire.

    I’d say the title “Nothing” is a profound misrepresentation of your work.

  165. Lorna
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing is often the most amazing! thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

  166. Fazilay
    February 22, 2015

    Beauty can exsit even in nothing

  167. Sandra L. Van Dam
    February 22, 2015

    I don’t see these photos as being of nothing. This is the real world, full of nature and wondrous to behold. They are photos of substance.

  168. Bryne Nevins
    February 22, 2015

    Amazing Thank You

  169. Alex Segec
    February 22, 2015

    all of us must be on the same here. to protect this planet and allow our children to see it this beautiful in the future.

  170. Adrian
    February 22, 2015

    Lovely video. So glad you shared – as it’s not a climate I want to be in right now. Such pictures make me glad I’m alive.

  171. Lorraine
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful – God’s creation, our beautiful nature.

  172. manju
    February 22, 2015

    serene ,magnificent and beautiful.

  173. Uzair
    February 22, 2015

    “He created the heavens and the earth in true (proportions). He makes the night overlap the day and the day overlap the night”

  174. mary
    February 22, 2015

    BREATHTAKING SCENES. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

  175. Carole Longman
    February 22, 2015

    Its awful to know that because of humanity’s greed, this beauty may disappear or be irrevocably destroyed, if not in my lifetime, I’m 78, or shortly thereafter. That’s why your magazine must be saved so future generations can see how the earth and its inhabitants used to live.

  176. gregory joseph
    February 22, 2015

    All beautiful places and photos. fortunate to visit and live there for some time, adventurist

  177. Kristin
    February 22, 2015

    Just shows that essence is not absence! This is a lot…not even close to nothing !

  178. Carole Longman
    February 22, 2015

    Its awful to know that because of humanity’s greed, this beauty may disappear or be irrevocably destroyed, if not in my lifetime, I’m 78, or shortly thereafter. That’s why your magazine must be saved so future generations can see how the earth and its inhabitants used to live.

  179. Joyce Wiggins
    February 22, 2015

    Breathtaking, serene, quiet, and TOTALLY AWESOME!

  180. Ben Eastwood
    February 22, 2015

    I have always loved to capture nothing often subtle beauty that feels part of my make up. That you chose to bring it out to the world is very gratifying.

  181. Marc Stratton
    February 22, 2015

    Why can’t you GAAAWD folks get over it. God had nothing to do with this.

  182. Landon
    February 22, 2015

    My words alone cannot do justice to what I see! Magical! Thank you for taking me there!

  183. Wilson
    February 22, 2015

    Love it

  184. Judy
    February 22, 2015

    Stunning! I could watch it over and over again.

  185. Teyjah McAren
    February 22, 2015

    I wish my brain would feel some of this beauty in times of stress. As a matter of fact I got a few minutes of reprieve. Thank you. Simply stunning. Thank you.

  186. Mick
    February 22, 2015

    In the harshness of today’s world, nothingness apeals. It allowed me to connect to myself..thanks Mr. Fredericks 🙂

  187. Ainslie Watt
    February 22, 2015

    Such a gift! Thank you so very much.

  188. Asquith Phillips
    February 22, 2015

    The answer to the nothing question isd found in Genesisi:1:1 and 1:3,

  189. Kathy Schwenk
    February 22, 2015

    Relaxing as if nothing else matters in our complicated lives.

  190. nancy andrews
    February 22, 2015

    it was not nothing to me, it was often amazing skies and there was ice. Awesome.

  191. Steve travis
    February 22, 2015

    How do you improve on perfection? God’s creation!

  192. Roberto
    February 22, 2015

    Bellissima !!! Brava…

  193. Dave Boman
    February 22, 2015

    Nature’s evolutionary mechanism is breathtaking indeed.

  194. Sebastian Copeland
    February 22, 2015

    No offense, but that bear story smell of fish tale. Bears NEVER wander this deep onto the ice sheet. Why would they? There is no food source. Having crossed the continent in its long axis on skis over months, I can vouch for that. I did not even bring a weapon.

  195. Madhu
    February 22, 2015

    These pics bring forth the following concept —“Becoming is as much the subsistence of being as it is of non-being; nothing …… Everything flows from nothingness …

  196. Judy
    February 22, 2015

    In this time of turmoil, it is so wonderful to experience serene and peaceful through your magnificent photos. Thank you.

  197. patty
    February 22, 2015

    OM

  198. Debbie
    February 22, 2015

    Perfect beauty

  199. Theresa
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you Mr Fredericks for making it possible for me to see something so wonderful and yet scary. Utterly beautiful – thank you.

  200. Sharon Moore
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for doing this important work. I show these to my students, some who have never left their hometown before, and it is magical to see the wonder in their eyes

  201. Rennie
    February 22, 2015

    The All that Is!

  202. Christopher
    February 22, 2015

    “Nothing” is quite something. “Beautiful” describes it best.

  203. Amelia Packard
    February 22, 2015

    “Nothing” is when you are dead and there is no hope for another moment. Another chance. Another thought. First you have to be comfortable with your self. What better place and time?

  204. Olivia
    February 22, 2015

    Amazingly peaceful, well done.

  205. Terry Cooper
    February 22, 2015

    Breathtaking. Beautiful. Inspiring. Reflective.

  206. Ananda Sekar.K.
    February 22, 2015

    Amazing creation by the God; reflected by the creator. Wow…!

  207. Nargu
    February 22, 2015

    Filming nothing is really something.

  208. Bharati
    February 22, 2015

    I can’t win against a man so cruel.

  209. Joe Martin
    February 22, 2015

    When there were far fewer of our species walking this planet there was far more beautiful nothingness. Sadly, it seems that as the beautiful nothingness becomes harder to find only then does man begin to truly appreciate such glorious vistas.

  210. Carol
    February 22, 2015

    Viewing Fredericks photos of Greenland makes one feel rather insignificant. The vastness of the area he photographed makes one realize that nature can be beautiful and frightening. A place like this brings out the true realization that nature is in charge and that your fate is, somewhat, on her hands.

  211. Roland
    February 22, 2015

    Terrifyingly beautiful.

  212. Janet Staton
    February 22, 2015

    STUNNING!!!

  213. Bharati
    February 22, 2015

    We don’t say that out loud ok. Just think it like everyone else.

  214. Pinky
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for bringing me there with your magic photos

  215. Judy Morgan
    February 22, 2015

    Emotionally evocative!

  216. Ruth Craig
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful photos!! Your photos of “nothing” really meant something to me. I was
    mesmerized by them.

  217. Natalie Karaitiana
    February 22, 2015

    Gods ‘horrendous nothing’ fills me with awesome wonder! I wish you could go and photograph heaven and come back and show us!!

  218. Sandy
    February 22, 2015

    It’s perfection at its best! The magical role nature played and man captured to create these works of art!

  219. Kay
    February 22, 2015

    I see sky, water, clouds. I don’t think of them as nothing. Beautiful.

  220. André Lemieux
    February 22, 2015

    Astounding!

  221. john f stanley
    February 22, 2015

    NOTHING is a term you use to describe what you see from that prespective. If you look closely you would see lots of life. Like space looks full but it is more nothing than something. Depends on the view. I like the pictures very much.

  222. Connie
    February 22, 2015

    I love the story of serendipity, and, the photography that accompanies it.

  223. Keith Broadey
    February 22, 2015

    Fabulous photographs. Simplicity in grey & blue

  224. Wayne Bryant
    February 22, 2015

    As a nature photographer I look for subjects that we can be in awe with. I am intregued by this Awsome concept, Hope to see some more. Read the comments, a few need a life, those of us that see beyond are very grateful Thanks, will try some on this concept!

  225. Scott Leonard
    February 22, 2015

    I must agree with most comments. But most with the comments regarding “Nothingness”… the lack there of. These images are Full. Full of beauty. Full of flux. Full of light. Full of water… the essence of Life as we know it. Indeed, for the polar bears in question, this abundance is Life. A diminishing life due to human behavior(s). It is only in human vernacular that “nothing,” exists here.

  226. Ellen
    February 22, 2015

    If this is considered “nothing,” then I hope all I ever see in life is nothing. But as you know, even “nothing” is teaming with life, even though it may not be visible to the naked eye.

  227. Roland
    February 22, 2015

    The comments here do the photographs justice.

  228. Rene’
    February 22, 2015

    The most beautiful and wonderful photos of a winter space.

  229. Grant Dexter
    February 22, 2015

    I wonder what polar bear tastes like.

  230. Peter Francis
    February 22, 2015

    The loneliness in the photographs is fascinating,awesome and a little frightening all at the same time,a wonderful piece of work very well done

  231. kassandra
    February 22, 2015

    Beautiful. “Nothing” invoked an incredible emotion for me that words can not express. I love it.

  232. CATcherine ^..^
    February 22, 2015

    It’s impossible for me to contemplate ‘nothing’ for I see SOMETHING in all that my vision captures. In this case, beauty within austerity; how I’d love to have a room covered wall-to-wall with these majestic beautiful photographic art visions.

  233. Darla Reeves
    February 22, 2015

    Whether we see everything or nothing, Something always Is…and it is good.

  234. Falk-Oliver Bischoff
    February 22, 2015

    It has to be saved…

  235. Christian Duerig
    February 22, 2015

    It mau
    It must be very difficult to earn the living this way. Nothing learnde at school and nothing learned later. What a living !

  236. Judy
    February 22, 2015

    Evolution at its awesomeness, created out of nothing.
    How great Thou Art

  237. Sus
    February 22, 2015

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, it is also worth a million thoughts and a billion feelings….

  238. George
    February 22, 2015

    Inspiring photography!

  239. Olivia
    February 22, 2015

    Your photography is incredible beautiful. This is a place I will never visit so thank you for sharing it with the world.

  240. Ayn
    February 22, 2015

    No phone? No email? No intrusions? Sheer heaven as long as I had a book!

  241. Annette
    February 22, 2015

    God truly is great. There are so many wonders out there just waiting to be discovered – and photographed if only we take the chance.

  242. makaram
    February 22, 2015

    beautiful photographs ! hats off to the photographer.

  243. Francis Anthony
    February 22, 2015

    Beautiful! So comforting to the eyes and the mind! Nature at its “uncorrupted” best!

  244. George W. Van Sise
    February 22, 2015

    You have been privileged to glimpse the hand of the greatest artist of all our creator. Thank you for your capture of these wonderful scenes.

  245. Paul Haegi
    February 22, 2015

    These endless icefields, lit by above hovering clouds, the faint disk of the sun and circling, winding flows of aurora borealis in constant, eternal moves and changing colors and shapes, the freezing air: These are the composing elements that make your eyes burn and your heart and your mind melt.

  246. Lisa Darling
    February 22, 2015

    Every star and rock and piece of ice sings an anthem of praise to the Triune God who created them. Thanks for sharing this beauty through your lens. Awesome, indeed.

  247. Pati Chandler
    February 22, 2015

    Than you for your dedication and bravery in bringing a piece of God’s world to us…a piece we would never ever have seen without you! And your camera! <3

  248. Bryan
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing is beautiful.

  249. Cathy
    February 22, 2015

    Nebula the song is “Wings of Time” by Dan Pound.

  250. Meg Lawson
    February 22, 2015

    What’s the old query…if a tree falls in the wood and no one is there to hear it does it make noise…? If there was no one there to see this slice of magnificent…would it still be just as glorious…?

  251. Ganga
    February 22, 2015

    People like you are born to give us the fascinating, amazing, words can’t explain picturesque world out there..a big thank you!:-)

  252. Ramaprasad M.S
    February 22, 2015

    Just Awesome!!! If you are looking for a expedition assistant I would love to join.

  253. donna
    February 22, 2015

    Meant to say by not dying

  254. Captjack
    February 22, 2015

    If you can call that “Nothing” you have your eyes closed! Beautiful and very risky

  255. John Ewens
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely magnificent.
    The photographer’s patience has been rewarded. Thank you!
    I wonder if my wife, who is in heaven now, can see it from there

  256. Dick Huopana
    February 22, 2015

    Thanks to author Keefe and photographer Frederick for providing us with a refreshing “nothing” therapy session. How refreshing to be briefly freed of the virtually unavoidable relentless and repetitive advertising to which we are subjected. I refer, of course, to the bill-boards, printed ads, TV commercials, internet pop-ups, etc. Indeed, I was elated that the polar bears were no-shows because – trust me – our therapy could have been spoiled by photos showing the bears contractually wearing caps and uniforms displaying enough names and logos of American businesses to closely resemble NASCAR race-car drivers.

  257. Raul Botello
    February 22, 2015

    Stunning images that move my emotions…reminding me of how much there is yet left toexperience in the world…a really awesome place.

  258. Naz
    February 22, 2015

    Woow it’s just like a meditation ,you experience nothingness and only being .

  259. Robert
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing is something beautiful by the creator.

  260. rico567
    February 22, 2015

    Some comments are amazing. And perhaps the reactions aren’t to “nothing,” but to something like race memory….

  261. Diana Maassen
    February 22, 2015

    Stunningly beautiful…

  262. Annette Elbourne
    February 22, 2015

    In the beginning …

  263. Annette Elbourne
    February 22, 2015

    God took “nothing” and made “something”

  264. Marie Fitzsimmons
    February 22, 2015

    Nothingness is the least of the least. I guess thats what Christ meant when he said what you do and not do to the least, you do or not do to Him. This Nothingness is one of the most awsome nothings I’ve ever seen.

  265. Carletta Longo
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely incredible. Overwhelmingly beautiful.

  266. Rosemary
    February 22, 2015

    These photos give you the nothingness needed to be quiet and talk to and hear God speak. Wonderful.

  267. Helmut
    February 22, 2015

    What’s all the fuss? Nature did all the work like it has in your own backyards. All you have to do is be lucky enough being there to frame it!

  268. S.Rajah Iyer
    February 22, 2015

    great pics!

  269. Yolanda L. Nunez
    February 22, 2015

    This is truly proof that there is a-most-marvelous and mighty-Creator—who gives to us sights and imagines of his powerfulness and creative-mind. And, we thank-you for your patience, endurance and willingness to share these [true] breath-taking-pictures and video that bring it more to life, for all of us, too! (Smile!)

  270. Roy Wherley
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely stunning photos! A helpful tip- next time your in a snow storm place a piece of tape over the gun barrel and you won’t have to worry about snow. Hunter safety 101!

  271. Meg Gooch
    February 22, 2015

    There is no such thing as “Nothing” There are clouds, sun, ice. We deem things as nothing if animals, people or plants are not visible. The earth itself is a living, breathing thing. What is captured is its’ beauty without the influence of these.

  272. donna
    February 22, 2015

    What an amazing display of God’s handiwork. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy and be awestruck dying God’s great creation!!!

  273. Dave Boman
    February 22, 2015

    Nature’s evolutionary process is breathtaking indeed.

  274. JN
    February 22, 2015

    Amazing pictures. To Girlyfeminist,, you are so right,,, it would be better to have the bear kill the photographer. What’s a human life compared to an animal.

  275. Curt
    February 22, 2015

    Visually stunning, mind bending and spiritually moving. You’ve given us a look at Earth’s glory. Thank you.

  276. Laura Sanford
    February 22, 2015

    The Earth is ALIVE!…..but we are killing it and all it’s creatures.

  277. Manuel Cavada /Creative Images Photograpy
    February 22, 2015

    “All you need is Love” and “All you need is nothing”

  278. Mahliah
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful. Stillness speaks from the heart and that is what these photos represent. Thank you for sharing. Great work of art.

  279. Francis O’Brien
    February 22, 2015

    I’m glad those Polar bears didn’t have to die for photos of their home.

  280. Gert Pedersen
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing is very good indeed, beautiful.

  281. ConnieWebber Hunter
    February 22, 2015

    Let’s invent an ice-resistant gun. ‘Wherever there’s a problem, there’s a solution looking for a patent.” (CWH)

  282. Richard Miller
    February 22, 2015

    Human words cannot fully explain what God has made and given us.

  283. Eleni Sakellar
    February 22, 2015

    Your photographs are incredible. They show me “nothingness” cannot exist when the mind’s eye is present.

  284. cb
    February 22, 2015

    Interesting. I first watched with no audio — couldn’t figure out why so many were commenting how ‘calming’ it was. I kept seeing frigid power and the unfathomable (albeit beautiful) naked wilderness. then, i saw comments about the music, so i watched again with the audio on. then i understood. what a difference just the audio made–it could easily be serene that way. but then…based on the description accompanying the video, i feel the experience was indeed different. maybe the wrong music was chosen. The vast nothingness and the icy perils seem to speak of sharp menacing and a vulnerability that would be more dramatic than soothing. When i watched, i couldn’t help but think of the ice gods of the Norse–i could easily visualize how those myths came to be. those are the feelings the text and visuals conveyed. this isn’t a critique–just an observation. it is a truly beautiful piece. the work is stunning–thank you for sharing it with those of us who cannot experience it in person.

  285. Sara
    February 22, 2015

    wonderful article. I recently wrote a little about what ‘nothing’ is, taking some inspiration from these photographs, please have a read if you get the chance! https://outsearching.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/the-theory-of-nothing-nothing-at-all/

  286. Steven
    February 22, 2015

    In the mist of nothing there is something. The photos are stunning.

  287. Huynen
    February 22, 2015

    Al Lah not there ?

  288. Hallie pinson
    February 22, 2015

    What courage and what clear light

  289. Gustav Adolph
    February 22, 2015

    The documentary film, Nothing on Earth, plus the series of stunning still images taken in abandoned radar domes, What Does Nothing Look Like?, shows how remarkable resilience is when comforting someone’s Soul, Mind and Body.

  290. Howard Manuel
    February 22, 2015

    Great Pictures! Could the real reason for being there have been to save the two Canadians??

  291. Virginia Tamuts
    February 22, 2015

    Fascinating! I thought from the title that I’d be looking at a stark white field of snow in whiteout conditions, and instead, I see these beautiful pictures of phenomena that doesn’t exist anywhere else on earth! The colors are striking, and the icesheet photos are just beautiful, and the aurora borealis amid the stars was poetry.

  292. Nancy Richard
    February 22, 2015

    My feelings with this photography inspires a sense of wonder and spirituality. For is this not how our universe was created…from nothing?

  293. Gustav Adolph
    February 22, 2015

    The documentary film, Nothing on Earth, plus the series of stunning still images taken in abandoned radar doméstica, What Does Nothing Look Like?, shows how remarkable resilience is when comforting someone’s Soul, Mind and Body.

  294. Frici Koos-Molnar
    February 22, 2015

    Exquisite. The viewer feels at one with nature. I feel your patience and love of earth and God. Thank you ever so.

  295. Laurie Zack
    February 22, 2015

    Bravo! Anything to get the shot.

  296. Theresa Feighny
    February 22, 2015

    I see you wander for the joy of wonder! Thank you.

  297. Randy Butler
    February 22, 2015

    Thoughts of the unfathomable stream into the mind, a view of the edge of eternity.

  298. Yvonne Harwood
    February 22, 2015

    I visited the fjordal coast of Greenland in 2012; it is truly beautiful. Thank you for providing yet further enjoyment of that wonderful part of the world with your stunning photographs.

  299. Sharon
    February 22, 2015

    Amazing. Thank You God.

  300. Gustavo
    February 22, 2015

    Whats scares is the denaturalization of nature.

  301. Joe
    February 22, 2015

    Thanks to people like Murray Fredericks we are able to witness by photo these parts of our earth that would be unreachable to so many of us..

  302. Peter
    February 22, 2015

    wow, that’s something

  303. Delphine du Toit
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you.

  304. Diane
    February 22, 2015

    The exquisite beauty formed by the hand of God through light, color, and shape cannot be called nothing.

  305. Sean O’Rourke
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for sharing images of places many of us may never get to in person and in such a compelling way.

  306. Judy
    February 22, 2015

    Astonishing and beautiful. Thank you for braving the elements to bring us such amazing images.

  307. JESullivan
    February 22, 2015

    INCREDIBLE video!!! I have seen vast spaces, emptiness and pristine places… NOTHING like this! Thank God we do not inhabit there, as we would surely lay waste to it too.

  308. Julie Bohl
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for braving the unknown to record and share I place I will never see in person. Your artistry reveals the vastness and the thrilling beauty of God’s creation, while reminding me of how minuscule (yet influential) mankind is in our little time on Earth.

  309. m. darryl
    February 22, 2015

    no different than my winter view of merging horizon and snow covered prairie in n.dak

  310. Voyager
    February 22, 2015

    It is interesting how people imagine landscapes without people and people things as landscapes of “nothing.” The sun, the atmosphere, ice sheets, clouds. What moves us to regard this as nothing?

  311. ckennedy
    February 22, 2015

    I’m with Pasqui.Nothing but vast amounts of the four elements.

  312. Edwin Holton
    February 22, 2015

    A glimpse of the divin.

  313. Dean Murphy
    February 22, 2015

    In No-thing there is Every-thing. In Every-thing there is No-thing. Splendid.

  314. TRUDI
    February 22, 2015

    What wonderful photos , you get lost in t sheer beauty of this vast nothing less , tks for sharing

  315. Ricky Baker
    February 22, 2015

    They are amazing pictures. In the middle of nothing is everything. There is beauty to be found. There is a peaceful contentment found in your work that bring me closer to God and nature. Its me the awesome and deadlines and the great beauty that can be found in the stillness of everything and the live of everything. We live on a living planet. We are to here to learn through or experience’s. Your great love for your work brings to life the awesomeness of this great world we live in. Thank You

  316. Jim Buck
    February 22, 2015

    God’s creation in breathtaking indeed.

  317. Saud koraitem
    February 22, 2015

    Serene

  318. Elsie Clinton-Leslie
    February 22, 2015

    Your pictures are fantastic, but if you really want nothing – you must go to Antarctica – I was there in December 2012 and to hear the sound of nothing and see nothing, you would love it there.

  319. Tim
    February 22, 2015

    The perception that we are ‘intruding’ on the polar bears ignores the fact that the earth is ours as well.

  320. Bernie
    February 22, 2015

    The photos are amazing. The Bears aren’t endangered. Anybody that thinks so is under the brainwashed spell of the climate-change voodoo practitioners.

  321. Bette
    February 22, 2015

    Is there a book of these pictures +

  322. sundar sivaramakrishnan
    February 22, 2015

    The video and the photographs prove that the ALL PERCEIVING EYES OF ALMIGHTY REQUIRE TWO EYES TO LOOK AT IT.AFTERALL NOTHINGNESS IS EVERYTHINGNESS IN LIFE.YOU ARE A GIFTED SOUL INDEED TO RELISH THE UNFATHOMABLE BEAUTY OF MOTHER NATURE.

  323. Jon Pall Vilhelmsson
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely astonishing work. Beauty in simplicity.

  324. Ann Eka
    February 22, 2015

    Peaceful

  325. ulku bozkurt
    February 22, 2015

    Yes we don’t have words for this. Do we?

  326. SJK
    February 22, 2015

    More evidence of a Loving, Creator God! Thanks for your efforts.

  327. Lori Allen
    February 22, 2015

    Om . . . . _/|\_

  328. Suzanne
    February 22, 2015

    Why call this nothing? Air and water fill every image, some even show rock.

  329. Winslow Umberger
    February 22, 2015

    These photos were incredibly soul-satisyfing and I was also buoyed by the thoughtful, insightful comments of those who shared this awe-inspiring experience. It is nice to know what deep thinkers there are. (I do agree girly feminist. Why shoot the bears for doing what they do? Stun gun would be the most one should do or get a bear cage.)

  330. Robert
    February 22, 2015

    Wonderful. Nothing but actually everything, traces of the universe.

  331. ed c.
    February 22, 2015

    Awesome photos! I worked at a DEW Line radar station high on the ice cap and was awed by the loneliness of the environment. Most of the time you couldn’t see the horizon because of the blowing snow and the sun had a halo from the ice crystals in the air. I wonder if your radome was one of our stations.

  332. ulku bozkurt
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you so much for reminding what is real and worthy.

  333. Cathy
    February 22, 2015

    I beg to differ. These are not images of nothing. Sure you don’t have any animate objects in view. But these stark landscapes are full of light, sound and movement. Nothing means the absence of things, these images are far from empty.

  334. vyas
    February 22, 2015

    OMG, if you believe, The GOD is everywhere and beyond !!!

  335. Cindy
    February 22, 2015

    Murray Fredericks #BeautifulNothing not sure who I am more impressed with you or Mother Nature? Breathtaking Splendor.Your work is mesmerizing and meditative all in the same breath. Thanks for going to the ends of the earth to capture the glory of #Nothing!

  336. Jason
    February 22, 2015

    If no one actually goes there to witness this beauty, then how can mankind embrace it? How do we preserve that to which we don’t have a connection to. These photos give meaning to all mankind and I think that is worth the risks taken.

  337. Ruperto Calderon
    February 22, 2015

    I see infinite and deep peace.

  338. Jae Wook Lee
    February 22, 2015

    What a amazing nature’s wonder it is !
    Thank you for your wonderful present.

  339. Jolanta
    February 22, 2015

    It exists without us?!!!!?

  340. Steve
    February 22, 2015

    beautiful. stunning. wow.

  341. Jasmin
    February 22, 2015

    Where there’s colour, even in monotone, there is everything

  342. grant burke
    February 22, 2015

    That is amazing! Beautiful!

  343. Nancy Marinone
    February 22, 2015

    That is awesome, thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  344. Anil Sud
    February 22, 2015

    Making something out of “nothing”…I love it!

  345. Omar
    February 22, 2015

    Absolutely fascinating pictures! Gives one a blissful feeling!

  346. kitty osburn
    February 22, 2015

    But it is something – it is of skies, clouds, ice, horizon. It is of no one, but it is something.

  347. ed
    February 22, 2015

    Nothingness is so peaceful ‘!

  348. Marsha
    February 22, 2015

    Rapturous! Serenity at it’s best.

  349. Larry Norris
    February 22, 2015

    I sent 3.5 months 100 miles out on the ice cap at an Army facility ( Camp Century). My attempts at photography usually ended with the film snapping in the camera. There are hundreds of square miles of nothingness

  350. Ashok Rao
    February 22, 2015

    Infinity is really beautiful.

  351. Joan Davis
    February 22, 2015

    How could anyone not believe?

  352. Linda Rhoads
    February 22, 2015

    What lies behind the eyelid is nothing compared to what is waiting when it is lifted.

  353. kristi smith
    February 22, 2015

    I thought the same thing about the polar bears. Why kill them while on their land?

  354. Julie
    February 22, 2015

    nothing? It why I look for stars at night, such beauty expands my soul.

  355. Brandie King
    February 22, 2015

    To me, these aren’t pictures of nothing. There might not be any structures, people or animals but they aren’t pictures of nothing. They are pictures of nature, pictures of beauty, and pictures of perfection.

  356. Pamela deRoy
    February 22, 2015

    I’ve said it for years: “There’s a special place in Heaven for natural photographers. How much we’ve learned from them, what beauty we’ve seen, sometimes it’s raw nature with the hunter eating the hunted. Often it’s marvelous photographs of places we’ll never see and would never know about if it weren’t for the courageous photographers who constantly battle the elements to bring us these amazing photos. The penguins in the South Pole. Often think of the bitter cold and terrible weather the photographers braved to get those pictures and videos. God bless them – they’re very, very special. Whether they’re documenting wars or nature – they’re absolutely the best.

  357. Ron
    February 22, 2015

    Simply awesome! That’s what I call extreme photography. Nice work! Cheers!!

  358. Malcolm Dyer
    February 22, 2015

    What may seem to be nothing is powerfully majestic!

  359. mushir
    February 22, 2015

    You call it “nothing” but it speaks volumes about the nature and her moods. Wonderful and thank you for giving a moment of relief and pleasure

  360. Joyce
    February 22, 2015

    Then sings my soul,…O God how great Thou art!

  361. Kanani
    February 22, 2015

    Earth, you’re still beautiful & amazing!

  362. Mervin
    February 22, 2015

    How can one not believe in the Creator of All Things in Heaven and on Earth?

  363. Bill Lanxner
    February 22, 2015

    These are really something!
    Love the collection. Thank you for capturing more wonders of the world.

  364. Jan Halliday
    February 22, 2015

    I would hardly call the plays of nature, nothing…he captures them on an empty canvas quite astoundingly.

  365. Kay
    February 22, 2015

    Untouched beauty, you captured what was in God’s mind when he created the world. Thank you!

  366. Thomas Martin
    February 22, 2015

    Everything about your “captured” nothing is everlasting.

  367. Jose Gomes Ruiz
    February 22, 2015

    All photos, as well as movies are beautiful and perfect; what about cold 50 degrees below 0° degrees faced was courageous mission of conducting a spectacular job!

  368. june jean playfair
    February 22, 2015

    One can become lost and left to think about the beauty of God’s creation while looking at these.

  369. Marylin Houk
    February 22, 2015

    All I can say is WOW. There is beauty all arounds us, even when there is nothing.

  370. LucyCoo
    February 22, 2015

    Simply amazing… your work made me see how habituated we are to the concept of having everything when it’s the peace and serenity in nothing that truly is everything.

  371. tony carbone
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing is everything and nature is all. Beautiful

  372. Fiona Christie
    February 22, 2015

    You have captured the stunning and majestic beauty of the frigid untouched landscape.

  373. Marci
    February 22, 2015

    More beautiful than a painting!

  374. Mayte Espinosa Guerrero
    February 22, 2015

    Marvelous!

  375. Betsy
    February 22, 2015

    The pristine vastness of the far northern and southern regions is wonderful!

  376. Judy Robinson
    February 22, 2015

    Far from nothing!!!!

  377. Nancy Corley
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for bringing this to those of us who may never have the opportunity to see this.

  378. Barbara Nicholas
    February 22, 2015

    Majestic. God’s Majesty. He is the Artist the Sky His Palette.

  379. Petra Loewen
    February 22, 2015

    Nothingness includes everything!
    The light and colours in this vast landscape mirrors my soul! Exquisite work!

  380. Barbara Davies
    February 22, 2015

    How emotionally beautiful, you do not need words when you come across scenes like these.

  381. jerry cosentio
    February 22, 2015

    There is no such thing as “nothing”. If one is alive, they can see cold, heat, danger, and all the human experiences in a picture; I am alive.

  382. Jan Bornstein
    February 22, 2015

    Thank you for your dedication in bringing the world your photography.
    I very much look forward to receiving my National Geographic magazine. I admire your work and can’t wait to see more! Can you please send dates and location of future gallery showings?

  383. Ashish chadha
    February 22, 2015

    I have had the good fortune of being in nothing in Greenland, Pyramiden , it is divine. Nothing is eternity, peace- isn’t that what we all seek – the panoramas simply spectacular, tranquility is a given.

  384. Steve Van Den Driessche
    February 22, 2015

    Unimaginable beauty captured for all to enjoy. Thank- you Mr Frederick

  385. Amanda
    February 22, 2015

    What wonderful images. I am thankful that people like you go out and do your work/art to share with us.

  386. Elizabeth Anderson
    February 22, 2015

    just did a meditation using silence – then this that pictures silence –
    wow

  387. Joy
    February 22, 2015

    I agree with Betty Feb 17 2015. There is nothing that’s nothing – God created this magnificence for us to enjoy!

  388. Denise
    February 22, 2015

    Stunning – but definitely not nothing. I can see so much in each photo. Mostly serenity.

  389. Brenda Towler
    February 22, 2015

    Nothing looks like a whole bunch!

  390. Lynn Weiss
    February 22, 2015

    These photographs reflect what organic life is about at the depth of our ability to experience and appreciate it.
    I am grateful for your willingness to share your Earth walk with those of us who can view the results. Thank you!

  391. maria pisani
    February 22, 2015

    I am so grateful for your work! It is a gift to each of us who views your photos. It brought me peace today and even a greater appreciation of this planet Earth! Thank you!

  392. Jane Connell
    February 22, 2015

    Awesome…..the pictures touch something within your soul.

  393. Jose San Marrtin IV
    February 22, 2015

    How beautiful to watch light dance across the sky

  394. claire bourke
    February 22, 2015

    Wonderful photography we never stop learning in our beautiful world >Thank you so much

  395. Phil Driscoll
    February 22, 2015

    It’s beautiful, It’s Heaven, It’s GOD

  396. jim west
    February 22, 2015

    Well done. More content than meets the eye.

  397. Rick Mammel
    February 22, 2015

    For those that appreciate the absence of nearly everything, take a shot at the Red River Valley of the North, the dividing line between the Dakotas and Minnesota. You needn’t travel heaps of thousands of miles. Check out the Siberia of North America!!

  398. Annie Adler
    February 22, 2015

    Spectacular, what artistry of nature and talent to capture it.

  399. Brenda Robinson
    February 22, 2015

    The first photo reminds me of a scene I saw sitting on the beach in B.C. and a song by Holly Mcnarland: “Beautiful blue”. Love it.

  400. Maureen Munsie
    February 22, 2015

    These are wonderful. Magical.. Inspiring! Thank you!!

  401. girlyfeminist
    February 22, 2015

    Truly Stunning. However – what if the Bears did arrive? Is it worth it to kill already endangered animals merely for photographs? We are intruding.

  402. Jack Vincent-Spall
    February 21, 2015

    Isn’t it incredible to think that places exist on this planet where if you had only ever seen them and no other places, you would assume the planet was completely barren.

  403. Petru van Nierop
    February 21, 2015

    blissful nothingness !

  404. Débora
    February 20, 2015

    Everything here is so magic! love the compositions of each picture!

  405. breauna
    February 20, 2015

    this is just outstanding and beautiful i love the sight of nothing.

  406. Phil
    February 20, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful and relaxing scenes..

  407. cynthia
    February 20, 2015

    pretty

  408. Jack H.
    February 20, 2015

    It reminds me of a movie called All is Lost.

  409. Mariana B
    February 19, 2015

    Absolutely amazing! 🙂

  410. stanislava kirovski
    February 19, 2015

    !!!!!!!!!!!!

  411. Jola
    February 19, 2015

    WSZYSTKO CO NAPISANO W POPRZEDNICH POZYTYWNYCH KOMENTARZACH I JESZCZE WIĘCEJ!!!! PO PROSTU BRAK MI SŁÓW !!!

  412. elham
    February 19, 2015

    amazing photos

  413. Vincent Wolterbeek
    February 19, 2015

    No words

  414. Kathy S.
    February 18, 2015

    Mesmerizing, fascinating, wondrous!

  415. cecilia
    February 18, 2015

    Wonderful Nothing….

  416. Brad
    February 18, 2015

    The title of the article really drew me in. I’m awestruck by the photos.

  417. redian
    February 18, 2015

    Great effort for the shots…well done!

  418. Baladevan BK
    February 18, 2015

    ‘There is a kingdom in nothingness” – From an old Tamil (Indian) song.

  419. rizza
    February 18, 2015

    amazing….

  420. nebula
    February 18, 2015

    can someone tell me name of the song in the video?

  421. pj kaszas
    February 18, 2015

    It is never nothing, it is really some “thing” and that “thing” is beautiful!

  422. Elżbieta
    February 18, 2015

    to dobrze,że jeszcze istnieją ludzie z wrażliwą duszą i kochają robić zdjęcia gratuluję

  423. K McIntosh
    February 18, 2015

    I’m simply awestruck. Your photography leaves me breathless and I can’t look away. Brilliant captures.

  424. Susan Steele
    February 18, 2015

    Some of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in 64 years have been nothing. I thought they were really something. Awesome…

  425. Pushkraj
    February 18, 2015

    nothing is…. dizzying. no focal point in the pictures makes it even more challenging to make sense of them,until the Icesheet #3055, the familiar blue in the sky brings back the joy as probably what the the Canadian explorers might have felt when they were air lifted with the author.

    great work of art by photographer Murray Fredericks

  426. Ian Simpson
    February 18, 2015

    Your vision of nothingness takes me on a grand journey of somethingness. Exhilarating amazing beautiful artworks. Well done Mr Frederick. I feel a strong connection to your work.

  427. Andrew Neff
    February 18, 2015

    Unbelievable Beauty. What a show of how beautiful but Harsh the Earth can be. A testimony of the resilience of life.

  428. Sunil
    February 18, 2015

    Sometimes Nothing is all you need…
    …. to be with yourself.
    Its a beautiful, serene experience.
    These pictures of ‘nothing’ are beautiful.

  429. Sabine Kindschuh
    February 18, 2015

    Who would have thought “nothing” is so beautiful! Wonderful work.

  430. marlyn smith
    February 18, 2015

    Nothing. Everything. Beyond. Thank you.

  431. Charunila
    February 18, 2015

    Fascinating, how much do the landscape photographs move us. Nothing, really is the sense of amazement, calmness and vastness of nature, which is almost impossible to describe in words.

  432. Mae G
    February 18, 2015

    Mr. Murray bring photography is a different level and angel..u surely has a good eye on it…congrats….and keep experimenting..

  433. Caroline
    February 18, 2015

    nothing? something? EVERYTHING!

  434. lwazi
    February 17, 2015

    Wow.

  435. Radha Singh
    February 17, 2015

    Simply supurb!

  436. Frederick Malouf
    February 17, 2015

    Always fantastic committed work, Murray. So happy to have met and discovered your creative skills. I definitely would call what you photograph nothing. It’s totally amazing. I think people are natively attracted to the peace, something we lost in creating activities, some useful, most not so worthwhile. We make so little time to be still. Thanks for bringing some of that back. 🙂

  437. betty
    February 17, 2015

    You said nothing??? God!! I saw wonderfulness there!! My eyes cry tears of joy and gratefulness!!! Thank you for take us there!!!

  438. Margaret
    February 17, 2015

    Thank you for adding your beauty to my day. You say nothing, I say worlds of wonder to comprehend.

  439. Roy
    February 17, 2015

    I loket at picture icesheet #3055 and saw the status of liberty dancing in the clouds. Somehow everybody sees something else but they are Greet!

  440. Alejandra
    February 17, 2015

    Amazingly beautiful! “Nothing” never looked better than this!

  441. ira
    February 17, 2015

    i`m waiting for your documentary,it will be amazing.you did great work,these photos is the best way to soohte nerves.great man! 🙂

  442. Pasqui
    February 17, 2015

    nothing is everything

  443. Kamalesh
    February 17, 2015

    There nothing beyond this nature’s beauty.

  444. tirsa
    February 17, 2015

    I’m dutch so my english is badass but bear with me oke 🙂 I love your picture because they are not only for my eyes but also for my spirit its a feeling i cant explain but thank you it is beautiful hahaha

  445. Keon Peterson
    February 17, 2015

    Greenland’s vast untouched nothingness is one of earths last natural beauties!

  446. Thein Soe
    February 17, 2015

    very beautiful photos

  447. Majd Hamad
    February 17, 2015

    Nothing is finally defined in something beautiful..

  448. tikku
    February 16, 2015

    Proof photography in nothing less than magical. Thank you—-

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