Chilling Photos of Barren Antarctic Landscapes

May 22, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

Vast, lonely, and completely unwelcoming to human life, Antarctica feels like a foreign planet. Yet, its menacing natural beauty are what make it so alluring. It’s quite the conundrum.

Luckily, we’ve got the stunning photos of Hamburg’s Lars Focke to give us a glimpse into the Antarctic void — minus the risk of freezing to death or being eaten by some kind of yeti (or your fellow explorer).

The photos were taken near Germany’s Neumayer Station on Atka Bay. Even within the limits of Focke’s frames, you really get a sense of how vulnerable the manmade is against the unending whiteness of the world’s largest continent. Scary.