POIGNANT PORTFOLIO - One Twelve Publishing ArticleMay 15, 2023
‘Cracks in the Ice‘ has been featured as a Poignant Portfolio by One Twelve Publishing. Read the blog post and note from the editor regarding the project:
“I’m on a bit of a tear here with some environmental articles and bodies of work. It’s hard to pass them up, primarily because of the immediacy of the situation facing future generations. I think anyone with an eye towards wanting to live on an inhabitable planet and avoiding severe climate disasters might be having some sleepless hours during the night on occasion. Speaking about the gravity of the situation and what may come of it to the youth of our world has become a top priority for many, especially parents. So once again, I bring you something to chew on and think about. This time around is a body of work I saw while reviewing portfolios during Review Santa Fe last November – Cracks in the Ice, by photographer Jason Lindsey.
I’ll keep this one simple this time, as Lindsey’s artist statement below does such a great and accurate job of articulating the project and its intention. However, I did want to add what I feel is a stellar example of using our past, with found photographs in this case, to illustrate the idea put forth in this work. Lindsey’s use of taking broken lantern slides, and in many cases breaking them himself, is a brutal act that mirrors what has already happened with climate change, yet more so, what is likely to transpire. Avoiding catastrophe takes center stage in this collection and is done so with eye-opening precision. My hat is also off to him for the fact that lantern slides had been primarily used for not just entertainment but education in classrooms and lecture halls and were only replaced with the advent of the modern-day slide projector. These slides hold so much historical data that it feels so apropos to use them in this very contemporary way.
One last note on this is that while exploring Lindsay’s work further, which I often ask readers to do with the people I highlight, is that there seems to be a companion collection to Cracks in the Ice called Fractured History. This collection facilitates the same process, but this time examines an understanding of Native American culture in North Dakota. So please get yourselves over to his website and dive in a little deeper with his work. You won’t be sorry.”