Pictures do speak louder then words as Cole Thompson: Melting Giants just released this new series.  Striking images taken off the shores of Newfoundland revealing the conflicts created by dying icebergs precipitating a political fallout and deep concerns by citizens of the world.

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Here we see the first of several images telling us a visual story of dying ice lying on their watery graves. We are also bearing witness of historical proportions of a changing landscape in which our grandchildren will only see the flotilla of icebergs seen on National Geographic.

Cole Thompson’s compelling images lend support to the work of James Balog of National Geographic fame with his award winning documentary on Nova from PBS in April 19, 2013, Chasing Ice Natural World. This highly acclaimed documentary was the winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently was awarded twenty five national and international film awards that is a must see.

Melting Giants N0. 45 – Newfoundland 2016

Melting Giants N0. 48 – Newfoundland 2016

Becoming Unstoppable

James Balog is a professional nature photographer and he feels strongly that photography, video, and film have tremendous power to understand and shape the way we think about nature, and about ourselves. In the ice environment James shows where we can feel, hear, touch, and see climates changes in action. All of us have an opinion whether or not you believe it is happening, “Is it colder, is it hotter, are weather patterns more catastrophic?” James shows us conclusive evidence in our world of the arctic and alpine surroundings, it’s real, changes are happening, and it’s measurable. Cole Thompson supports this live laboratory experiment with his compelling images of what is being cast aside from the arctic ice drifting from Greenland to their grave.
Throughout the history of planet earth the polar ice caps have frequently pushed forward and receded. No matter where one stands on this issue one thing is certain we are targeted for eventual uncertainty. James Balog concedes, “There is great confusion when art and science look at each other. Art of course looks at the world through the psyche, emotion, the unconscious at times, and of course the aesthetics. Science looks at the world through rational quantitative things that can be measured and described but gives art a terrific context of understanding.” James is interested in bringing the two together to better understand nature.

Melting Giants No. 24 – Newfoundland 2016

Melting Giants No. 36 – Newfoundland 2016

Melting Giants No. 22 – Newfoundland 2016


James Balogs’ time lapse camera records the invisible becoming visible as huge ice brakes off from their mother glaciers into their watery graveyards as seen herein by Cole Thompson’s melting giants. This moving death march can be witnessed by Googling James Balog’s: Time-lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss. Mr. Balog states, “We have a perception problem, where not enough citizens of the world get it. Fortunately many of the political leaders in the major countries of the world are starting to get it. We have an opportunity at the edge of this crises to face the biggest challenge  of the century, to do the right thing for ourselves and our future to do what needs to be done.” Reverse the progression of our “Melting Giants.”