Franz Josef Glacier
As one of New Zealand's most famous places the glacier draws thousands of visitors from all over the world. It is an environment where nature obliterates all human traces on a daily basis. And it is an environment with a dark side. As a child I vividly remember seeing a family friend die near the glacier. An English adventurer, Geordie, took on the glacier river in a homemade raft and drowned virtually in front of us. We lost other friends to the mountains. There were occasional suicides and mysterious disappearances. One such case involved a man who we called Pete who terrorised a local child and then vanished on the glacier. His story was never resolved but I recalled our childhood game of "looking for Pete" in crevasses when I was writing about Vivien Revell in Glacier Murder. Some people come to the glaciers region to climb mountains while others are escaping their lives. What are they running away from? It could be something really simple but then again they might have done something really bad - or be living in fear of another person. The possibilities are endless!
These are some of my favourite images of my much-loved glacier, a place where you can lose yourself among pinnacles and crevasses, where you can think - and where you can plan murder ...