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FULL CIRCLE - THE PHOTOGRAPHS
 
  When myself, my film crew and photographer Basil Pao set out in walrus skin boats from the tiny isolated island of Little Diomede in the Bering Strait, we were, as far as I know, the first people who had ever set out to attempt a full circle of the Pacific Rim. We travelled for 50,000 miles and filmed for the best part of a year, returning home briefly to do some laundry and save our marriages.

The Pacific Rim is the most geomorphically active area in the world. It is at the edge of a remorseless grinding confrontation between the bed of the ocean and the great Continental land-masses. The resulting stresses and strains and folds and splits have created achingly beautiful landscapes which often proved impossible to cross - giant cul-de-sacs from which there would have been no access before the invention of the helicopter. We circled volcanic caters high on the Kamchatka Peninsula, crossed bleak and desolate Siberian wastelands to the remains of a Gulag prison camp, flew out of the clouds onto the human anthill of a Colombian emerald mine and took a float plane to a remote breeding ground of brown bears in the Aleutian Islands. We relied on canoes to take us up the headwaters of the Amazon and the backwaters of Borneo, trains to take us down the coast of Vietnam, across the bleached deserts of central Australia and through the forests of British Columbia, and creaking old ferries to carry us through the Yangtze gorges and across the perilous seas south of the Philippines. We travelled through eighteen countries and filmed and photographed for two hundred and fifty days.
 

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