Directed by: Jeff Orlowski
photographer James Balog had an idea; What if he set up cameras
around the world to ‘watch’ glaciers? After a
National Geographic story, in which he did the images of climate
changes, he was converted to believing something was going
on in Earth’s atmosphere – and man was behind
it. Like many, At first he was of the mind set that nature
ebbs and flows and always has. But, in the past 100 years,
post Industrial Revolution, the C02 levels man has exhaled
out via machine, oil and livestock, has been a quiet devastation
to the planet. But, how to share this epiphany when he himself
had shrugged it off?
Show the changes. Use pretty visuals. Use the camera.
team called Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) gathered and went about
sealing time lapse cameras and figuring out where to watch.
Then months and months of planning lead to broken cameras
and destroyed footage (fox and birds do odd things to devices
they come across in their habitat).
then ever, the team regrouped and tried again.
is a few brief-in-history years of activity captured; the
movements then streamed together – unaltered –
to show the quiet catastrophes we can not afford to ignore.
These icebergs are melting quickly and dramatically.
pretty images the team is able to show mankind, in a way that
may get through, what is going on in remote landscapes that
eventually effect them. And the footage clearly tells of the
Ghost of Christmas future – and he’s gonna be
wearing an oxygen mask and paying $100 for a glass of clean
water that the never relenting sun bakes freely because there
is not Ozone protecting the creatures below…just saying.
beautiful and disturbing images are those of great calvings.
Calving is the act of glaciers breaking off a chunk into the
sea. Today, those pieces are fifteen football fields long.
The graphs from climatologists and geologists show the changes
in all the data. But, in Chasing Ice, the human brain, through
gorgeous artful architectural images, is able to comprehend
the insidious reality.
even show the graph of those pesky “new” glaciers
debaters argue as debunking pontification. But, when they
show you in perspective it is jaw-dropping; 200 to something
like 40,000 destroyed.
Through this years-long look at desolate places man effects
without meaning to, perhaps, the facts will strike a deep
chord for change. Here is the artful way to reach the naysayer.
Even if you just watch for the beautiful pictures, you will
wonder, “Why wouldn’t we all err on the side of