THE ARCTIC MELT

 

The Arctic is melting faster than any other place on Earth. By the end of this century, it is predicted that the ocean will rise eight feet causing the displacement of millions of people throughout the Earth. Ocean rise will be due to three factors: the melting of mountain glaciers, the thermal expansion of the ocean, and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

In 2015 and 2016 I decided to visually document the Arctic Melt before this landscape disappears. This would require me to travel to Svalbard, Norway - an archipelago located 600 miles north of Norway’s northernmost point - where mountain glaciers would be undisturbed by humans.

In order to experience and record the melt that is occurring in the Arctic Ocean, I would need to travel in a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker through the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.

After nine years, I re-visited Greenland to witness its constantly-calving glaciers and the ice sheet’s drastic melt.

This series documents a fragile landscape that is disappearing, yet is necessary for Earth’s survival.


All Images: 2015-2016, Pigment Prints