THAW is a collaboration between photography and science. The artist visited the Arctic polar ice cap, working alongside several scientists who study the region, and was overwhelmed by the scale of the landscape and the enormity of associated problems.
This series highlights the rapidly growing number of blue lakes and rivers that form on the Greenland ice cap - one of the most inaccessible areas on earth. Here, in the pristine landscape, stripped to the bare minimum of colours and shapes, the dramatic impact of climate change is more evident than anywhere else in the world.
The Greenland ice sheet is not just a stark and frigid wilderness perched at the top of the globe; it is a vast frozen reservoir of fresh water that offsets sever metres of coastal flooding around the planet. In the past two decades, the reservoir has shifted from a steady state in balance with its climate, to one in which it is now losing an estimated 380,000,000,000 tons of ice annually. As Arctic temperatures continue to rise, the ice sheet decreases, primarily through increased surface melt and runoff into the ocean. But this drives a second, more insidious process: vast azure melt lakes form across its surface and are now spreading further inland than ever before. These lakes rapidly drain through the ice sheet, lubricating its bed, causing the ice to flow faster towards the ocean where it melts. We now understand that these processes work in tandem, that the ice sheet is being depleted at an accelerating rate, consequently raising global sea-levels by up to 1.2 mm each year.
Lieber's work as a London-based aerial photographer has allowed him to have his own distinctive take on the world from above. He is inspired both by the environment and the interplay of elements that form some of nature's most incredible shapes and patterns. While many of his earlier works show the beauty of vast, untouched landscapes, his more recent work explores the human interaction with nature and the complexity and consequence of human impact.
The environment is a key ingredient in all of Timo Lieber's photographic work. Having travelled to the Arctic numerous times and seeing the rate of change occurring there, Lieber conceived the Thaw series.
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