CRACKS IN THE ICE
The "Cracks in the Ice" project was inspired by my 15-year-old son, Björn. During one of our many daily chats, he asked about Climate Change and what the world will look like in the future. I realized I had only murky visions of that future myself and could not give him a clear answer. His precarious start in life and surgeries makes him crave stability. As a father, I hated that I could not provide much clarity for Björn and knew I needed to explore this idea with a photography project. "Cracks in the Ice" was born.
As I look to the future, the world that my son will inherit, and the forest where I live that may soon be on fire, climate change and the immediate impact on the environment constantly weighs on my mind. I thought about how scientists often look to the past to predict our future and decided to do my own research into historical images of glaciers. I curated a series of Magic Lantern educational glass slides to examine and consider. Each revealed a vintage photograph of glaciers, now disappearing or already gone. I shattered the glass negatives to call attention to this loss and fragility of our planet, but also to echo an experience with my newborn son's first four months stay in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care or his 20 surgeries and six years of 120-hour-a-week home nursing. Cracks in the Ice is a metaphor for the precariousness and vulnerability of those I love. It is also a way to speak to the profound loss from global warming and a planet under siege.
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