DVD Review: Chasing Ice
How do you make a skeptical world believe that the glaciers are melting away? If you’re a professional photographer and you’ve just stumbled on undeniable evidence, you use the skills you have: your camera.
Having discovered a fascination with photographing ice, National Geographic photographer James Balog also discovered that those crazy scientists – the ones who could never decide if global warming was warming the planet or cooling it – we’re actually right, that the glaciers are melting away. But not happy with accepting what he was seeing, he decided to document it in photographs just to make sure it wasn’t a sessional discrepancy.
Changing his focus from glamour scenic photography to an almost scientific study wasn’t easy, but James Balog decided to make and install a series of time-lapse cameras that would take a photo every daylight hour, tracking exactly what was happening to the many glaciers in the Arctic. Through trial and error, Balog designs a time-lapse camera system that works, and then after a few years pieces together thousands of photos to create a stunning, yet disturbing video of glaciers that are not only in rapid retreat, but also deflating and loosing mass and height.
It’s both beautiful and scary, and does what no statistics or scientific charts could ever do. It shows, beyond a shadow of doubt, that something serious is happening to our glaciers.
Chasing Ice is a mesmerising documentary which follows James Balog as he puts his health on the line to uncover the truth. Following him and his small team from his love of photographing ice, through the long, dangerous and frustrating journey to photograph the glacier in time-lapse and bring the evidence to the public arena.
Essential viewing for both believers of global warming and skeptics alike.
Rating: M Offensive language.