Simon Bischoff, Deep Play (Action 2019)

My series of images features the fierce and visceral coastal landscape of Tasman Peninsula where climbers Danny Wade and Alex Hartshorne are climbing this spellbinding rock feature known as The Totem Pole. "Imagine a matchstick. Scale it up a hundred times until it is 70 metres high and four metres square. Stand it alone in the sea, a single, freestanding dolerite column so fragile to the eye one dares to hardly breathe" These were the famous words of John Ewbank, pioneer of Australian climbing and the first ascencionist of the Totem Pole way back in 1968 along with Allan Keller. The Totem Pole is now known across the globe and is hallowed ground for climbers who come to test their fortitude against the elements.

Images have been resized for web display, which may cause some loss of image quality. Note: Original high-resolution images are used for judging.