"I was with Garlinda Birkbeck in Antarctica. While I was trying to capture the dazzling but pitiless nature of this last great wilderness for a novel, Oblivion, she was doing the same for this exhibition. I think her work is extraordinary. She manages to capture the very essence of Antarctica as I experienced it, yet makes it her own. A tiny bird snatched out of a snowstorm, a crabeater seal clinging for life on a diminishing square of ice...she photographs life where there should be none and almost effortlessly recreates the eternal drama. Once again, I am in awe."