NOVA | Extreme Ice
As we eagerly await the public availability of Chasing Ice, watch this documentary produced by NOVA, which follows photographer James Balog along the voyages with the Extreme Ice Survey (EIC) which eluded to and showcased the data and discovery about our fragile planet and the geologic deformation climate change is causing right before our eyes. This documentary serves as a literal ‘prelude’ to the Chasing Ice documentary which was recently released.
Why you should listen to him:
To see the natural world through James Balog’s lens is to see it as an artist would — through fresh eyes, as if for the first time, with no preconceived notions. His photos of jungle animals, for instance, are arresting in their directness, simplicity, even sensuality. His subjects assume the same weight and importance as a human portrait sitter, and demand (as a human subject would) that the viewer engage with them rather than simply spectate.
His newest work is no less powerful, no less engaging — and it carries an urgent message. For several years, Balog has been going up north to shoot the half-alive ice of the mammoth glaciers for his Extreme Ice Survey, a look at the shocking effects of abrupt climate change in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. Soaring, dripping, glowing and crumbling, arctic ice under Balog’s eye requires the viewer to engage.
A new Nova/PBS TV special and a new book, Extreme Ice Now, are helping him spread the word that this glorious world is degrading at a speed we couldn’t imagine until we saw it through his eyes.
"Each new series by James Balog represents a quantum leap in creativity, which takes us deeper into the ultimate mystery of humanity’s relationship to the natural world."
James Nachtwey, photographer and TED Prize winner
Extreme Ice Survey
James Balog TED talk: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss