It takes a certain personality to appreciate the details of a climate rarely inhabited by people. Curtis has spent most of his career saturating himself in the polar regions of the planet, dividing his residency between Newfoundland and Nunavut, Canada.
Over the last decade, his adventurous lifestyle has taken him across the Gobi Desert by kite buggy, on a 2300 km unsupported traverse of the Greenland Ice Cap, Antarctica, and a lifetime of climbing and exploration worldwide.
Working for both the private and public sector, he has documented work for environmental initiatives, literacy, Canadian National Parks, climate change and tourism in the north. Collaborating with world-class athletes, production teams, and local cultures and communities, he has built his career delivering a personal view of the raw, wild, and often untamed.
is work has been seen in National Geographic Explorer, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post and more. Between commercial clients, he is often seen leading photography workshops in remote areas, sharing his appreciation for adventure with others. A collector of interesting stories, Curtis is rarely seen far from a camera, tent, or a good punchline.
What is your most memorable Antarctic experience?
“Detaille Island – It was the furthest south I have ever been. I remember standing on the rugged shoreline overlooking the bobbing ice floes while dodging errant gulls. Caught in a moment, focused exactly on where I was, everything else fell away. It felt like I was precisely where I was supposed to be – humbled in the presence of something great. The moment was brief but it was enough. I could feel that my energy had shifted. Unfortunately, so had my footing. With all the grace of an ostrich in snowshoes, I tumbled my way down the duplicitous slope. Lying face down, trousers filled with snow and a small armada of apathetic penguins waddling by my periphery; I knew this place would stay with me forever. “