Photographer Michael H. Davies has captured absolutely breathtaking photos of his friend Markus tossing a thermos of tea over his head in a spray that instantly turned into a stunning plume of ice due to the frigid -40°C weather. The images were taken in the small village of Pangnirtung located just 12 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Davies told Colossal that the photo was carefully arranged to coincide with the two hours of light available during the day.
Around 1pm I jumped on my skidoo along with my friend Markus and we drove 45 minutes to the top of a nearby mountain where the light (which is almost always pink near the solstice) would hit the hills. Prepared with multiple thermoses filled with tea, we began tossing the water and shooting. Nothing of this shot was to chance, I followed the temperature, watched for calm wind, and planned the shot and set it up. Even the sun in the middle of the spray was something I was hoping for, even though it’s impossible to control.