Health Editor’s Note: Look at these first two pictures, side by side and see the vast difference. No denying that we (our earth) are/is too warm. We are experiencing and will continue to experience melting and flooding. Can we turn this around?…Carol
Paired Images of Melting Glaciers and Flooding Wetlands Tell the Story of Global Climate Change
by Rachel Lallensack/Smithsonianmag.com
Understanding the regional impacts of a global problem like climate change can be challenging. Melting glaciers in Greenland or Antarctica cause sea level rise near coastal communities thousands of miles away. In places like New Orleans, for example, about 46 percent of sea level rise is due to ice melting around the globe.
Photographer Tina Freeman draws attention to the interconnectedness of two far-flung landscapes—her home state of Louisiana and the glaciers at our planet’s poles—in her show “Lamentations,” on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art through March 15, 2020. Over the course of seven years, she has captured both subjects, pairing photographs of Greenland’s permafrost, Iceland’s ice caves and Antarctica’s tabular ice sheets with visually similar images of Louisiana wetlands, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other coastal landscapes. The show features a selection of diptychs from her book of the same name that features 26 stunning image pairings.
“’Lamentations’ profoundly engages with both its message and its messenger, with both the precarious existence of glaciers and wetlands and with photography itself,” says Russell Lord, NOMA’s curator of photographs, in a press release.