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Herbert Ponting: the Salisbury bank clerk who turned Captain Scott’s men into myths

What is it like to photograph in Antarctica? Well, be careful of your tongue. In 1911, Herbert Ponting, the photographer on Captain Scott’s doomed Terra Nova expedition, absent-mindedly licked his lips while his face was pressed against the camera. Touching the bare metal, his tongue “froze fast instantaneously; and to release myself I had to jerk it away, leaving the skin of the end of my tongue sticking to my camera, and my mouth bled so profusely that I had to gag it with a handkerchief”.
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