Photography project explores Mount Kenya’s declining glaciers


CreditSimon Norfolk/Institute, for The New York Times

Simon Norfolk/Institute, for The New York Times

Acclaimed photographer Simon Norfolk has recently visited Mount Kenya to photograph the vanishing glaciers. His series, featured recently in the New York Times magazine, highlights the boundaries of where the ice used to be, using a trail made of fire.

By combining long-exposure photographs and painstakingly walking the routes with petrol-soaked torches, the resulting images offer a unique perspective on how to illustrate the issue of shrinking glaciers.

Simon described taking the series as ‘without doubt the hardest thing I ever did’. The project was supported by Project Pressure, a charity which highlights the impact of climate change by documenting the world’s vanishing glaciers. Simon’s photographs are an important and creative contribution to their work.

Simon will be giving a talk at The Photography Show in Birmingham this March, in support of PhotoVoice.

Read more about Simon’s project on the Project Pressure website here

Read the recent piece in the New York Times Magazine here

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