'As the ice melts, you retreat' is a series of images exploring the nature of global warming and the direct impact this man-made climate change in having on one of the coldest places on earth.
The many glaciers in Iceland are retreating at an alarming rate - these photographs from December 2016 show the interior and exterior of Vatnajökull (Vatna Glacier, arguably the largest ice-cap in Europe), on the south-east coast of Iceland, as well as Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon, where large icebergs break off the glacier and head out to sea.
Vatnajökull is retreating on average, one metre, per year.
"The year 2016 was very warm in Iceland. It was the warmest year on record in all station in the North-West part of Iceland, and one of the warmest in other parts of the country" - Icelandic MET Office.
Your use of this book - your touch, no matter how gentle - will cause the ink on the cover and interior pages to wear away. Repeated creases and bends in the pages will also become apparent. Through the very act of reading this book, you will be contributing to the damage caused by other human hands on the landscape within.
I chose to use The Sketchbook Project as an extension of my practice of making photobooks. I wanted to work within the restrictions of the project and play with re-binding the sketchbook and also including texture, through paper choice, that would enhance the experience of reading the images. I hope also that the sound of the tracing paper end-papers evokes the sound of ice-bergs cracking and melting as I experience standing on the shores of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
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