Moving Melting Mountain
South Coast, Iceland / Deptford, UK
Expedition, Exhibition, Photography
Across the breadth of our short existence, humankind has forged relationships with ice in the name of adventure, wisdom, conflict and religion. Present-day geology has enabled us to examine these frozen giants, but failed to dislodge our unshakeable awe in knowing the natural and phenomenal moving landscapes existed long before humankind. Glaciers, defined by being able to move under their own weight, are flowing timelines; a transparent archive of past, present, and future territories. Now, more rapidly than ever, they are transforming.
In 2016, Thomas Wing-Evans and myself undertook a research expedition to Iceland, supported by the James Phillips Foundation, Shure Audio and Huel. The aim of the photographic exploration was to reveal new topographies created by shifting ice. Thematically exploring the remoteness, scale and migration of the glaciers meant the pair adopted a nomadic attitude, sleeping in bivouacs and carrying all food, supplies and technical equipment on foot.
The trip preceded an exhibition, Moving, Melting, Mountain, at the A.P.T. Gallery in Deptford, London, which was supported by Yeti Screen Print and Make Architects. The work interweaved two narratives into a dyad at opposing scales; the human and the geological. Using both digital media and print, Moving, Melting, Mountain investigated these separate characters among themes of transformation, migration, and eventually extinction.