About James Balog Photography

 The world’s in our hands. In the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the cryosphere (ice-covered areas at high latitudes or altitudes), humans are the dominant drivers of change. Scientists understand this–but public awareness lags far behind. At James B5/20/07	Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska seen by EIS camera AK-05alog Photography and Earth Vision Institute, we innovatively combine art and science to explore a changing planet and inspire transformative social action today. In much of the world, the natural environment of just a couple generations ago (not to mention centuries or millennia ago) differed profoundly from the environment we experience today. Similarly, much of what we see now see in the wild vanish by the time our children’s children walk the earth. In arctic and alpine regions, glaciers can disappear in hours or days–with not a single human present to witness the change, let alone preserve a memory of what is gone. When these metaphorical trees in the forest fall and no one is there to hear, a collective “natural amnesia” sets in. Compounding this amnesia, social and technological trends are separating people from nature more and more all the time. AK-05_20150104-000549 copyMarrying still photographs, video, and film with the written word and other media, we hope that our work is an antidote to natural amnesia. We preserve a visual record of fast-changing landscapes and critically endangered animals and plants and then disseminate this record to the global public using all available forums, including the Internet, electronic and print media, public presentations, and educational resources created for classrooms.

EARTH VISION INSTITUTE

Support Earth Vision Institute, the non-profit founded by James Balog. EVI is dedicated to educating and inspiring the public, and fostering the prosperity and health of human society through innovative visual exploration of our changing environment.

Earth Vision Institute

EXTREME ICE SURVEY

Visit Extreme Ice Survey, a project of Earth Vision Institute. EIS is an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems.

Extreme Ice Survey

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Jökulsárlón Iceland, 2 March 2009. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. portrait_of_milla Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 16 June 2011. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Birthday Canyon, Greenland Ice Sheet, 28 June 2009, Adam LeWinter surveys Birthday Canyon, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. Jökulsárlón Iceland, 7 February 2008. Ice diamond. Icebergs float across the lagoon, breaking into smaller and smaller pieces as they go, then flow into the waves of the North Atlantic, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 16 June 2011. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Iceland, April 2010: Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland; ice melts in the foreground. Boulder County, Colorado, September 2010: After Fourmile Canyon Fire. Boulder County, Colorado, September 2010: After Fourmile Canyon Fire. Scorched homesite and melted aluminum chairs, Sunshine Canyon. Louisiana, June 2010: Gulf oil disaster aftermath. Cajun oysterman with grandson holds crude oil-filled net.