Simon Foster


Role

Creative Director & Audio-Visual Lead

Experience

I have more than 20 years of global photographic experience. I held the position as Audio Visual Manager in my role at Massey Ferguson/AGCO, organising photoshoot locations, products and shooting material for literature, advertising and film. The past 10 years have been working as a commercial photographer, gaining a wealth of experience outside of a corporation.

WHAT 3 THINGS CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT ON THE TRIP?

Photographs of my family, coffee, and chocolate coated peanuts.

WHAT WILL YOU MISS FROM HOME?

I will miss my family of course, I love them so much especially my wife Louise, my son Matthew and stepdaughter Laura. Christmas with the family and the luxury of a bed!

Simon Foster Bio

BIO

I have worked as a photographer and cameraman for 22 years, with my first 12 years employed by Massey Ferguson/AGCO as an Audio Visual Specialist and Manager travelling on location throughout Europe, Africa and South America on product shoots for literature, advertising campaigns and film.
I have continued to have Massey Ferguson/AGCO as a client whilst running Simon Foster Photography Ltd, a commercial photographic business.
Within the business I undertake commissions from artists, commercial and residential architectural clients and also produce work for the medical and industrial sectors as part of my varied portfolio.

WHY ANTARCTICA2?

I have travelled extensively throughout my career to all parts of Europe, Africa and South America, but I have never been to anywhere as extreme as Antarctica. The expedition brings a whole new experience and a way of working that you never deal with in temperate and hot climates. Travelling with the team and the tractor is going to be an experience of a lifetime.

Simon during Iceland training

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE EXPEDITION?

The toughest part of the expedition will be coping with the extreme cold, not only for me but also for the camera equipment. The cameras need to be in tiptop condition throughout the duration of the expedition and with temperatures dipping to below -40degreesC all sorts of problems occur with the working mechanisms in the cameras. LCD screens do not function, tripods freeze, condensation forms when moving between outdoors to inside of vehicles so there are measures you have to take to stop any of this happening.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR TOUGHEST CHALLENGE SO FAR

The toughest challenge to overcome has been during the Arctic training held up in Baffin Island, by Matty McNair and Sarah McNair-Landry. We were skiing with pulks (sleds) and trying to cover the best distance we could in temperatures down to -36degreesC. You sweat a lot doing this, which is not good because if you get wet you have little time to dry clothing.

In the words of Matty McNair – “If you sweat you die!”