However, Balog's viewpoint changed dramatically when learning about ice core research. Despite attracting his attention to the man-made effects on the climate he still found it difficult to connect with scientific number crunching and attempted to use his skills of photography to capture some tangible proof of the devastating effects our carbon powered society is impacting onto the environment. Orlowski's documentary follows Balog as he set about positioning numerous static cameras around the glaciers of Alaska, Iceland and Greenland in order to use revolutionary time lapse photography to capture the true extend of the glacier recession as they disappear at an astounding rate.
Balog is an immensely watchable individual, admirable for his drive, ambition and being constantly in awe of the nature which surrounds him. Clearly passionate for the project he’s invested so much time into it's almost heartbreaking to see his despair when faced with the numerous obstacles this ambitious project encountered. Literally working to the bone (he's had to go under the knife numerous times for a recurring knee injury) his commitment to stopping the argument surrounding global warming and promoting action through his artistic talents is truly heroic.
Whilst An Inconvenient Truth (2006) may have been the film to push climate change into the public consciousness, Chasing Ice with its evocative and simplistic message will hopefully be the film to herald a much needed change in direction and promote some decisive action. Chasing Ice is a magical, yet horrifying film which both astounds and enlightens in equal measure.
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