Sculptural, architectural and stunningly beautiful. The world’s glaciers are one of nature’s most impressive and enduring backdrops – epic in size and grandeur. They are also a massive, undeniable casualty of climate change. Now, internationally-acclaimed photographer James Balog has captured hundreds of thousands of majestic glacier images that serve as unprecedented visual evidence – grabbing at the gut and allowing us to visualise the change first-hand.
CHASING ICE, winner of best cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, documents Balog’s three-year quest to capture the natural world in transformation. Placing 25 time-lapse cameras in Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and Montana, Balog’s lenses bear witness to the tension between the huge, enduring power of the glaciers and their ultimate fragility as they crumble piece-by-piece into the ocean. Compressing years into 75 arresting minutes, the film offers a breath-taking – and haunting – visual retrospective of glaciers receding at unprecedented speeds and massive pieces of ice sheets breaking off into the ocean. The film is directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Paula DuPre' Pesmen of the Academy Award®-winning documentary, “The Cove” with Jerry Aronson from "The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg". The film’s original song, “Before My Time,” written by J. Ralph and performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell, has been nominated for a 2013 Academy Award® for Best Original Song.