Project Pressure, a collaborative group of photographers, cartographers and scientists, has created a spectacular series of photos that document the decline of the world's glaciers. The group focus on areas that remain relatively undocumented where the melting of glaciers stands to severely impact the local environment. Inhabitat spoke with Klaus Thymann about the project following his visit to Nepal earlier this year, where he explored areas so remote that some of the glaciers are not even named. He said the primary aim of the project was “to visualize and to bring to public attention what time-frame we’re looking at”, forming an open-source comparative platform for scientists.
A professional photographer by trade, Klaus states that it is important that Project Pressure does not make any predictions. Instead, they base their work on scientific evidence about how fast the glaciers are disappearing. Before an expedition the group collects historic images and information pertaining the area they are looking at, and they attempt to recreate the original images by photographing the same sites today.
Project Pressure aims to help raise awareness and engage the public through visual narratives that provide artistic impressions of the glaciers in their current state. People do not necessarily change their perspective based on scientific, says Klaus – therefore the creative element is vital. The team aims to officially launch the collection of photos next year through crowd-sourced funding, with hopes of an atlas-style book being published at a later date.
Images courtesy of Project Pressure