The Glacier – Thomas Peschak’s glacier expedition with the Z 9
„What is an ocean photographer (..) doing hundreds of miles away from the ocean in an ice cave?”
National Geographic photographer and Nikon Ambassador Thomas Peschak was intrigued to explore an area that he has known since his childhood hiking with his parents, yet had never approached photographically. Much in line with his photographical mantra of showing the beauty of nature as much as the man-made destruction through his work and long-term projects, he took the Z 9 and went out to create a “mini–National Geographic-like Story” capturing two specific photos to tell it all:
1. The ominous beauty of a melting glacier from the inside looking out to the iconic Matterhorn. This perspective should not even be possible, were the glacier intact. However, this unseen point of view is as visually impressive as it is thought provoking.
2. Thomas Peschak creates a visual “time machine”, exploring the exact space and the view of an old photograph showing the dramatic melting of the Gornergletscher: Combining the historic image with a staged re-enactment on the original tells the horrible reality of climate change, while the viewer is invited to linger on the details.
Both images tell important sides of the story of climate change, and they urge the viewer to reconsider their own lifestyle, showing how much beauty is out there that needs to be protected and saved.
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