Arctic Tea Toss Photo Becomes Internet Sensation
Eye on the Arctic
December 24, 2015
Next time you take a photo that you don’t like at first, don’t erase it; give it another chance.
Just ask Michael Davies.
The Canadian photographer based in the tiny hamlet of Pangnirtung, in Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut, almost deleted a picture that has now become an Internet sensation.
The photo shows Davies’s friend, Markus Siivola, throwing hot tea into the air as he bends backwards.
In the minus-40-degree weather, the hot water freezes and evaporates creating an almost magical mini-cloud.
“I think it appeals to people because there is so much going on,” said Davies, who admits at first he didn’t like the picture that much. “It almost looks like that hair flip when people get their hair wet in the Caribbean and flip their hair back, so it’s almost like an Arctic version of that. But there is also the signs of the evaporation going on, there is the pretty colours in the sunset, there is the way that arc formed.”