found footage. single channel video with sound. full version approx. 15 min. 2016.
Perhaps the most intimate way to experience the scale of glaciers is on the water. Tidewater glaciers extend down from mountain peaks and out into the sea. Hundreds of feet high. And miles long. You witness glaciers unleash house-sized blocks of ice into the ocean. The resulting icebergs can create enormous waves when they hit and can continue bobbing up and down for a full day or more until they float out into open waters or beach themselves along the shoreline. But this landscape is not the cold blue, white and gray you expect. The water is reddish-purple and has the appearance of syrup. The images are pixelated. And as glaciers calve and fall into the water they are met with canned cheering and screams.