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An original collaboration of Art and Science, creating comparative timelines for Climate Change research and provocative artworks
An original collaboration of Art and Science, creating comparative timelines for Climate Change research and provocative artworks
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Q&A about the project with Peter Funch on The World's Best Ever

About EXPEDITION: MT. BAKER:

Photographer Peter Funch with the help of Project Pressure will set out in the Summer of 2014 to capture Mt. Baker and the story it tells through time. Mt. Baker, located in Washington State in the most Northwestern tip of the United States, is a unique place where the effects of climate change can be seen from the accumulation of over a century of photographic documentation. Beyond the political debate and social confusion of deadly storms, dwindling wildlife populations, and charades of doubt, we can see at Mt. Baker- quite calmly- the clear retreat of the ten glaciers that blanket the 10,781' (3,286 m) mountain.

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the glacial retreat at Mt. Baker through photographic comparisons taken from Mt. Baker's visual legacy. Mt. Baker has been the subject of numerous photographs by scientists, naturalists, amateur, and professional photographers, including the work of Ansel Adams. Peter Funch will recreate these images and present his pieces side-by-side with their originals. Then we will see how Mt. Baker’s glaciers have retreat over the past 100 years. These image comparisons can also be used has extreme time-lapses to illustrate glacial movement.

Greenland Glacier, No. 30, Peter Funch
Greenland Glacier, No. 30, Peter Funch

We chose Mt. Baker for its visual legibility, as well as its scientific, historical, and cultural significance (an important navigational landmark for the Native Lummi tribe, and then later for British and Spanish explorers). Having a rich and varied history provides Funch with the raw materials to produce a narrative – something we can all understand a lot easier than abstract scientific data. Mt. Baker has been the site of enduring romantic fascination, which counterpoints the ongoing, perhaps terminal, condition of the glaciers. Funch will explore both ends of this tension and what meaning there might be in terms of collective memory and place.

Funch will also employ a more artist technique to express the transformation of our environment. Using the RGB Tricolor separation process Funch will index time into still images. Animals, running water, clouds, and other transient phenomena will appear either red, green, or blue depending on when they were captured in the process. Combined these colors (RGB) make white light – static entities will appear as it does to the human eye. Peter's employment of this technique is to present the temporary against the seemingly inert mountain. This process also acts as an historical reference to the earliest form of color photography, produced by the same process, and to the genesis of industrialization occurring in the same era.

College Station (Color Separation 3), Peter Funch, 2011
College Station (Color Separation 3), Peter Funch, 2011

Throughout his work Funch seeks to tell stories that require a visual narrative to be understood. His latest work, Last Flight, comments on the shifting of the Western American landscape in the post-industrial world and society’s metabolizing of this change. Using the site of a small town in Kansas as the boundaries of his canvas Peter wove his story by documenting artifacts and instances of transition. [Last Flight, will be exhibited at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen starting June 6th]

Together these images form the whole of his narrative that results in a story more contemplative than documentative. Peter Funch will employ this method of 'site, concept, and capture' as he did with Last flight with the Mt. Baker project to form a human story - beyond scientific facts or talking points. The images will provide a way into understanding climate change on a tangible, more human level. It is our hope that by translating the abstract immensity of Climate Change to a language we can understand it will better equip humanity to understand and, in turn, act!

About Project Pressure:

Project Pressure is a charity documenting the world’s vanishing glaciers in order to highlight the impact of climate change, inspiring action and participation. The project will result in the world’s first comprehensive crowdsourced glacier atlas, a touring photographic exhibition, a documentary film and an open source digital platform.

Project Pressure’s mission is to photograph and publish the world’s vanishing and receding glaciers, and to document first hand the environmental impact of climate change. The goal is to create a project that will benefit the educational, cultural life and sciences for generations to come.

http://www.project-pressure.org/

More work by Peter Funch:

 
 

 http://peterfunch.com/

Risks and challenges

As with any production the unexpected may incur setbacks. However from my 20 years of experience I have learned to anticipate potential problems and remedy them effectively. I have backups of all the equipment well will need, a professional crew, and detailed logistics for the expedition. Taking into account our collective experience, the equipment, contingencies, and logistics I am confident this project will be a success.

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