15/07/2015 Lewis Glacier at Les Recontres d’Arles
Simon Norfolk’s award winning photographs of Lewis Glacier, Mount Kenya, have been featured at one of the most prolific photography festivals, Les Recontre d’Arles, France. The series, When I am Laid In Earth, was produced in conjunction with Project Pressure and will become part of its artistic archive. It was selected by curators to feature as part of a fringe exhibition and has continued to capture the imaginations of individuals and encourage further awareness of climate change. A newspaper produced for the show, that charts the different aspects of Project Pressure and When I am Laid in Earth, is available as a free download here.
02/06/2015 Your Chance to Visit Greenland
For the first time this summer Citizen Science are offering individuals the chance to join climate biologist Astrid M Z Bonde PhD on a glacier and wildlife monitoring trip to Greenland. The journey will bridge research and tourism to motivate an interest in the artic and broaden the access of scientific observation that will in turn benefit climate change and biodiversity research.
This trip will provide the opportunity to journey across Western Greenland, from the tundras in Kangerlussuaq to the ice sheets near Disko bay. One aspect of this expedition is to gather pictures of the natural environment to input into apps and databases. This enables Citizen Science to contribute to ongoing research within the field, as well as existing projects, including Project Pressure, that will then be available for both scientists and the public to use.
So why not create your own adventure whilst contributing photographs to Project Pressure’s archive. There are still a few places available on this tour and you can read more here. Quoting Project-pressure.org at point of purchase will get you a discount of 500 DKK (£50) too!
Project Pressure are really excited to announce a new artistic partnership with Mariele Neudecker. Neudecker’s work continuously returns to looking at ‘landscape traditions in art, dealing simultaneously with questions around technology and science, collective experience and time.’ This year will see Neudecker travelling to the area surrounding Nuuk in Southwest Greenland, where her multidisciplinary practice will be used to capture glaciers meeting the sea in both still and moving image. Sign up to our newsletter to get regular updates on this exciting expedition.
29/04/2015 Norfolk Announced as Winner
Last week Simon Norfolk’s When I am Laid in Earth was announced winner of the landscape category for Sony World Photography Award. His winning piece depicted an impression of how climate change has affected Mount Kenya’s glaciers. It is Norfolk’s first contribution to the Project Pressure archive and relied on data provided by the Project Pressure team.
When asked about receiving the award Norfolk said;
‘My second Sony – it just gets better and better. A huge thanks to Project Pressure without whom it never would have occurred to me to start thinking about climate change in general and glaciers in particular. Inspirational!’
The data and glacier outlines were sourced, in part, from peer reviewed articles published over the last 50 years. Useful maps were identified within journal articles and the authors were contacted so the relevant first and second hand information could be retrieved. Further information was drawn from the Mount Kenya glacial records held at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC); and from the Global Ice Land Measurements from Space (GLIMS) database, which provided current GPS information. Through this methodology it was possible to pinpoint historical glacier outlines onto GPS devices. This allowed Norfolk to track the previous glacial extents.
In utilising a dramatic juxtaposition alongside a simple message Norfolk produced highly potent artwork; creating a powerful tool for communicating climatic and glacial data and raising awareness regarding the impacts of climate change. When I am Laid In Earth was originally featured in The New York Times Magazine last December.
Check out our earlier posts for links to the full series and the behind the scenes video from the expedition.
20/04/2015 Science Needs You
In partnership with the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Project Pressure is currently asking for your help in improving a glacial photo database. It may be that you’ve got a trip planned to the Alps, have previously mounted an expedition to the Himalayas, or know of some old glacier photos hidden up in the attic. Whatever the case, check out our list of high priority and important glaciers and get involved. However, do not be discouraged if you have glacial photos not included in this list, any photos are always encouraged and welcomed! Your contributions are a vital part of our mission! For further instructions on how to upload any photos please click here.