Photographers have long held a useful key to effecting change.
Think of Ansel Adams and his influence on early 20th Century government leaders in the United States; he helped demonstrate the value of nature and the need for national parks.
Think of the Farm Security Administration photography effort of the 1930s, led by Roy Stryker (photographers included: Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks).
Now, think of DOUBLEXPOSURE, and the work of two photographers who are pairing work that “brings the viewer into panoramas of glaciers once grand but now receding. The compelling comparisons put into stark view the fact of melting glaciers.”
The photographers are of two generations:
Brad Washburn (1910 – 2007), represented by Panopticon, was a photographer, alpinist, cartographer, adventurer and president of Boston’s Museum of Science from 1938 until 1980.
David Arnold is a freelance photographer and journalist who was a staff reporter at the Boston Globe for 25 years.
Arnold has returned to the aerial heights from which Washburn first photographed glacial sites around the world. The photo pairs are viewable at the DOUBLEXPOSURE Web site, side by side, dated to show the decades-long spans of time that passed between the photographers’ captures.
Now, in partnership with the Boston Museum of Science, the photographs are scheduled for exhibit in a number of locations, from U.S. coast to coast.
With reports of global cooling in 2008 and 2009, why not show a more recent photograph? Things may have changed yet again since 2005.
Are you serious? Do you think two years of “cooling” will actually change what that looks like?
That’s a mountain, not a snow-covered hill.
One storm forever changed New Orleans and another Galveston. Why would you conclude that two or three consecutive, long and harsh winters lack the ability to change the snow cover on a mountain? Two photographs taken 55 years apart hardly tell the tale.