Wednesday 9 December 2020
The New Zealand singer has long taken a social media break but recently has reinvigorated her fans through a newsletter. Photo: Claudio Cruz/AFP

This year Lorde isn’t just making music, the singer is also releasing a book, but not the kind we normally get from artists. She announced to her fans that she will be releasing a photo book, not of herself but of the icy wonderland of Antarctica. 

Going South is a collection of photographs taken by her friend and photographer Harriet Were when they went on a trip to the frozen continent.  

“In early 2019 I took a trip to Antarctica, funded and facilitated by the lovely folks at Antarctica New Zealand. The continent has fascinated me since I was old enough to read. It started to interest me again in recent years as my environmental awareness went up and up, and questions about how to change my personal and professional footprints on this Earth occupied much of my time,” she wrote in her newsletter to fans. 


Lorde has been intruiged by the Antartica region since childhood. Photo: LORDE STORE/Wiki


Lorde explains: “The pictures turned out so beautiful, I thought it was only right to make them into a little catalogue-style book, alongside a piece of writing I did about my experience on the frozen continent.” 

The book has dropped just in time for Christmas, at a time when most of us are thinking about snow and compassion. Not only did Lorde enjoy the splendor of Mother Nature but the trip also inspired her to urge people for more climate action. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to a scholarship fund for an Antarctica New Zealand post grad scholar researching climate change. 


The most obvious effects of climate change are at the poles, especially in Antartica where this fresh water lake was formed by melting glaciers. Photo: Mathilde Bellenger/AFP


Lorde’s trip to Antarctica also encouraged the star to set to work on her eagerly awaited third studio album. “I realised after the trip that what my brain had been craving was a visit to an alternate realm. Albums live in their own realms in a way, and Antarctica really acted as this great white palette cleanser, a sort of celestial foyer I had to move through in order to start making the next thing,” she explained. 

It has been three years since the hit album Melodrama and the artist is now finding what she needed to kickstart her creative bones. Fans can look forward to hearing something new from the New Zealand native in the future. 

The book is currently available on Lorde’s website here

Source: AFP Relax News