hi, my name is lauren.

here you'll find my blog.

i split my time between expedition ships in the arctic & antarctica, and a brownstone in brooklyn, ny.

drop me a line sometime, i would love to hear from you: laurenfarmer (dot) blog (at) gmail (dot) com

lauren farmer

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Can’t believe it is time for this song already!!! Love u Earth Wind & Fire!!!

A beautiful night celebrating my friends Brooke and Claire. 

A beautiful night celebrating my friends Brooke and Claire. 

My very first piece of fine art, from St. Petersburg-based oil painter Victor Kobzev, whom I met on board 50 let Pobedy, depicting our ship and the icy landscape of the high Arctic. The sky is based off a photograph I took in Franz Josef Land. I am so proud to own this and will treasure it always, it is such a lovely memento from this time in my life. 

Simply stunning timelapse video made via photographs from the ISS as it orbits Earth.

ESA - European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst: “We flew right through a massive aurora after last week’s solar mass ejection.”

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Wildlife of the Arctic. 

Polar Bears, Walrus, Arctic Foxes, Brunich’s Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Arctic Skuas, and more…

Before I began my time as Expedition Photographer on board icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy, I wondered if I might tire of the polar landscape near to the North Pole. How much variety could there really be when all you’ve got to work with is endless ice and sky? 

Now I can tell a different story. I was absolutely mesmerized with the textures, colors, shadows and shapes that carried on for hundreds of miles as we traveled further and further North. The slightest change in light affected the way the ice glistened below it. The sun hung low on the horizon and on my favorite evenings, like the last photo, everything shone gold. 

This was a great bear. We spotted her at 78° 58’N, South of Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic. She wandered, gazed into melt pools, jumped and swam between ice floes, rolled around in the snow to dry off, posed for our cameras and then made eye contact and pooped. 

alex-cowan:

Polar bear jumping over a lead
For an animal that probably weighs 700-800lbs it’s pretty sprightly!

alex-cowan:

Polar bear jumping over a lead

For an animal that probably weighs 700-800lbs it’s pretty sprightly!

My expedition team made the world’s most northerly lip dub on board the icebreaker 50 let Pobedy at the North Pole. I was behind the camera on this one. Enjoy! 

Music: Pharrell Williams’ Happy

A perfect fogbow 2 degrees (120 nautical miles) from the North Pole.

A perfect fogbow 2 degrees (120 nautical miles) from the North Pole.

I’m on my way home from my 3rd and final trip to the North Pole on board 50 let Pobedy. Looking forward to sharing more photos when I’m back in New York. 

I’m on my way home from my 3rd and final trip to the North Pole on board 50 let Pobedy. Looking forward to sharing more photos when I’m back in New York. 

Back in Murmansk, following my 2nd trip to the North Pole on board 50 Years of Victory. Great bears, gorgeous skies. Cold, cold, cold. 

tumblr at the North Pole

tumblr at the North Pole

I’ve just returned from my first trip to the North Pole, on board the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker, 50 Let Pobedy. 

True North

It’s 6am, I’m sitting in my hotel room in Helsinki. In just a couple of hours, myself, a few other expedition members and 120 well-paying travelers will head to the airport, board a charter flight for Murmansk, bus to the Atomflot Nuclear Base where we will board the world’s only nuclear-powered passenger icebreaker vessel, bound for the North Pole on the first of three 10 day trips. 

I will be the Expedition Photographer on board NS 50 Years of Victory for 5 weeks, 3 round trips from Murmansk to the North Pole. This morning it feels like the first day of school, I am full of nerves. I have come to feel at home on the MS Expedition, so venturing out to learn a new ship, a new team, a new itinerary is daunting.

Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, this ship will have no Internet connection so I will be radio silent for a while. I am hoping to get a bit of wifi on our first turnaround day in port on the 26th. 

So here we go, to the Pole! 

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