I have seen many documentaries, but no documentary shocked me like Chasing Ice.
Before I watch this documentary I always thought it was a story about a photographer shooting a beautiful iceberg. But after reading this documentary I was silent, and it made me reflect on our human behavior and our planet. I’ve been less concerned with global warming and ice melting before, but after reading the documentary I volunteered to search for more related reports on James Balog’s work. In my mind, I used to think that the photographer photographed the model in the studio. Then they do promotional design for the company. However, I got another value as a photographer from James Balog. Photographers are also professions that can contribute to human society and the environment. Most importantly, James Balog dedicated his life to awakening people’s attention to global warming, and of course his two knees.
James Balog and his team used government grants to accomplish a seemingly unfinished mission that was difficult and complex. In a variety of steep icebergs to install a total of 12 cameras for taking photos continuously. They encountered a lot of technical problems, but the biggest problem may be that he had done four operations of the knee. Their dedication is worth it. I was shocked when the documentary broadcast the results of their filming. They use continuous photos to play, perhaps thousands of photos in a few seconds seconds to finish, and we see is an iceberg 6 months of change. What I see is how an iceberg disappears. The ice that we usually do not seem to move on actually disappears a little bit. Another fragment that shocked me was the collapse of the iceberg. When he told me that the iceberg collapsed larger than Manhattan, I could not believe it, but the video was real.
This documentary did not teach me the skill of photographing icebergs, but let me rediscover the profession of photographers. The documentary shows many of the iceberg photos taken by James Balog. But what James means to shoot these beautiful icebergs is to tell people that we are losing that beauty. I am highly likely to become a commercial photographer in the future, but I will keep James’ thoughts in my heart and maybe I will do something similar for the benefit of human society in the future.