17/01/2016 World Photo Organisation

Tasman Glacier by Klaus Thymann

Tasman Glacier by Klaus Thymann

With such close ties to the World Photography Organisation we are delighted to have been featured in their blog. The interview with charity director Klaus Thymann charts recent successful expeditions as well as the future development of the charity. It also highlights some of the fantastic contributions made to the archive last year, from Fox Glacier in New Zealand to Eqalorutsit Glacier in South Greenland.

Simon Norfolk’s contribution to the Project Pressure archive documenting Lewis Glacier in Kenya won in the landscape category of the Sony World Photography Award last year. We hope to continue producing award winning artwork, with four new artists adding to our roster of talented contributors.

14/01/2016 Plastic Vanitas

Mariele Neudecker on location in Greenland, 2015.

Mariele Neudecker on location in Greenland, 2015.

Project Pressure contributing artist, Mariele Neudecker, has the opening of her new exhibition Plastic Vanitas at Bow Arts, London today. The show comprises of a new photographic series that catalogues the MoDiP’s archives.

Neudecker travelled to Greenland in October 2015 for Project Pressure to document the tidewater glaciers that surround Narsarsuaq. The work she made on location will contribute to her upcoming shows as part of Hull 2017 – City of Culture 2017 and Some Things Happen All At Once at the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen. Click here to read more on the expedition.

01/01/2016 2015 Review

Glacier du Baounet, France, 2015 by Scott Conarroe

Glacier du Baounet, France, 2015 by Scott Conarroe

Looking back over 2015 we are proud to have successfully completed expeditions to New Zealand, Greenland and USA. Support came in kind from our generous sponsors Rab and Hasselblad, alongside new contributions from Orgreen Optics and Casio. Follow us on Instagram as we review Peter Funch’s expedition to Mount Rainier in Washington, USA.

This year looks set to be a great one; with new contributions from some amazing artists. Including Scott Conarroe, who will continue his documentation of glaciers across the European Alps. We are also aiming to develop the MELT platform that will host the archive, currently running as a beta version.

27/11/2015 Expedition: Mt Rainier

Artist Peter Funch photographingEmmons glacier on Mt. Rainier from the Burroughs Mountain Ridge.

Artist Peter Funch photographingEmmons glacier on Mt. Rainier from the Burroughs Mountain Ridge.

Acclaimed photographer Peter Funch has recently returned from his second Project Pressure expedition to the Cascade Mountain Range. In 2014 Funch and his team travelled to Mount Baker to replicate archival postcards of the mountain’s most famous vistas. On their return to the national park they turned their attention to Mount Rainier, drawing on the rich sightseeing history of Washington’s highest peak.

They started their journey near Nisqually Glacier travelling towards Camp Miur. Here they were able to draw comparisons from the archival postcards, including from the edge of the Nisqually Glacier valley. The team hiked across the Burroughs Mountain Ridge, then continued their journey across the national park at Tolmie Peak near Eunice Lake.

Follow the journey on Instagram and Twitter as we share behind the scenes images from this interesting journey.

26/10/2015 Expedition to Greenland

Klaus Thymann

Photo by Klaus Thymann

Artists Mariele Neudecker and Klaus Thymann have recently returned from a collaborative project to detail the glaciers surrounding Narsarsuaq in Southwest Greenland. This area was chosen due to the dramatic examples it provides of tidewater glaciers, where the ice meets the ocean, thereby allowing the team to document the impressive scenery through photography and video.

It is also a disconcerting example of the devastating affects climate change can have; the Greenland ice sheet has been losing mass since, at least, the early 1990s , at rates that seem to be progressively increasing. (Rignot and Kanagaratnam, 2006; Thomas and others, 2006; Velicogna and Wahr, 2006)

The team arrived in Narsarsuaq, from where they travelled by boat around the peninsula into Qoroq bay to document the ice fjords of Mellemlandet. There was a thin layer of ice on the water’s surface; as it approaches winter sea-ice-minimum has been reached and the artic ice starts increasing. The inlet of the fjords is also extremely hazardous as it is pitted with icebergs of all shapes and sizes.

From the water they studied Qorqup glacier, this area has been considerably well monitored over the last two decades; research has shown significant retreat from Qorqup, as well as growing ice rifts causing the glacier to thin.

The expedition continued as the fog, rain and wind swept in and the artists started on a six-hour trek to Kiagtut glacier. Each of the group maintained communication with whistles as visibility got down to approximately 5 meters. Using compasses and GPS systems were the only way to guarantee moving in the correct direction.

After camping over night the artists continued via helicopter to Eqalorutsit glacier west of Narsarsuaq – staying near viewpoints that enabled spectacular views of the glacier terminus both during the day and at night. The glacier runs through Sermilik Fjord carving a valley that allows for beautiful panoramic views of the ice and water juxtaposed by the baron Greenlandic landscape.

After spending some days observing the glacier the team returned to Narsarsuaq. Although only touching on the issue of Greenland’s ice sheet recession this expedition has allowed the artists to observe some of Greenland’s impressive glacial formations that will be interpreted as unique artwork to be preserved as part of Project Pressure’s archive.

The still and moving imagery will also be added to the open source MELT platform currently in development; see the beta version here.