On a recent trip to Greenland, landscape photographer Albert Dros had the opportunity to sail through the waters around Disko Bay. Located on the west coast of the country, the area is filled with wildlife like walruses, seals, and whales. They frolic in the icy waters that are dotted with icebergs. While Dros was in the area, he had a chance to experience the changing dynamic of Greenland’s environment and shoot some incredible imagery.
— – —
Photographer Captures the Disappearing Beauty of Greenland’s Icebergs
Interview by Jessica Stewart
I travelled to Peru in July 2018 with the intention of continuing my Lux Noctis project at Pastoruri, one of the few glaciers that still exist at the tropics in the Cordillera Blanca at an altitude of 17,000ft. This glacier is receding at a shocking rate due to climate change and as a result there has been a huge drop in tourism and an impact on the local community.
Lux Noctis, my larger project, is about presenting familiar sights in a new and unfamiliar light, renewing your sense of seeing and the experience of discovery. However, with this series, I felt like this was an attempt to document and preserve the memory of a landscape in peril which may not exist in a decade.
At 17,000ft, it was a physical challenge to reach the glacier, compounded by the fact that I was shooting at night and under freezing conditions. For this expedition, I was accompanied by a production company (Courageous Studio) who were shooting a short film on my work for Great Big Story, sponsored by Coors Lite, and they assisted in all the research, scouting, and getting me out to the glacier safely. Flying the drone at this altitude presented a number of problems. Firstly, the cold made me lose sensation in my fingers, so it was difficult to control the lighting at the same time as the camera. The cold also significantly shortened battery life, and limited my flight time. Being out in a remote wilderness meant that there was no way I could recharge my batteries, so there was only so much time I had to shoot.
I photographed the glacier with conflicting feelings. I wanted to show evidence of its alarming retreat, yet I was drawn to the epic scale of the ice which remained. In the end I leaned towards the latter, but each photograph represents a bleak reality, a fading memory of what once stood. Reuben Wu
more at Behance
From the glowing lava flows of Hawaii to the pearly ice fields of Alaska, the United States’ natural and cultural heritage is as vast and diverse as the country itself. The U.S. currently claims 23 UNESCO World Heritage sites, which capture thousands of years of natural history and human innovation. An additional 20 natural and cultural sites ranging from under-the-sea monuments to urban architectural wonders are also vying for the renowned title. Find out which sites have already been inscribed for their “outstanding universal value,” and which tentative sites may join the list soon.
Redwood National Park
Photograph by Paul Giamou, Getty Images
— – —
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Photograph by Art Wolfe, Getty Images
— – —
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Photograph by PJF Military Collection/Alamy Stock Photo
— – —
Yellowstone National Park
Photograph by Tom Murphy, National Geographic Creative
— – —
Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Creative
— – —
from “43 Incredible Photos of U.S. UNESCO Sites: Present and Proposed”
more at National Geographic