A picture really is worth a 1000 words

07 May 2017

SIG: Contemporary

Last weekend I happened to find myself in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, I went to take a look at the captured German U-505 submarine (June 1944, a hell of a story very well covered by the museum exhibit) but came across an excellent photography exhibition “Extreme Ice”.  Whatever you think about the science and politics of Climate Change the work of James Balog certainly makes you stop and think.  The nature photojournalist travelled to Iceland to photograph glaciers in 2005, leading to a 2006 National Geographic assignment to document changing glaciers in various parts of the world and in turn to creation of the Extreme Ice Survey.

Time-lapse photography has been used to great effect to educate about the ice caps and glaciers rapidly melting, illustrating the effects of climate change on our planet.  The images really are about the ice.  The changes illustrated in the photographs are the most visually dramatic and immediate manifestations of climate change on our planet today - please take a look.  They certainly say a lot more to me than the many dodgy correlations of temperature and emissions data.

You will find the Extreme Ice exhibition open until early 2019 (http://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/extreme-ice/) but if you are not going to find yourself in Chicago in the near future take a look at http://extremeicesurvey.org/ where you’ll see some of the images, some time-lapse sequences and a link to a Photobook “ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers”.