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From the post at Wall Street International:

For fourteen summers, German photographer Olaf Otto Becker has been traveling to Ilulissat, a coastal town in western Greenland known for the Ilulissat Icefjord and the massive icebergs in Disko Bay. Becker has built a formidable name for himself in the art world documenting majestic icebergs floating in arctic waters along with sublime landscapes now crossed by stunning rivers of melting polar ice.

Traveling alone on a small, open boat, the artist glides through glacial depths photographing enormous icebergs which he compares to “sculptures of change” as they drift and slowly melt in the still waters. Of course, over the relatively short period of time the artist has been spending his Julys in the far north, he has been witness to undeniable signs of climate change. During the winters, the ocean often no longer freezes over, and in the summers the temperature can now routinely surpass 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like floating giants, the enormous icebergs tower dramatically above the water, their unique shapes pristinely reflected in the glassy surface below. But, in their peaceful sublimity there is also a sense of transience. The artist writes: “For me, icebergs are wonderful temporal sculptures created of their own accord, yet at the same time they are also natural monuments, reminders of the continuing process of climate change, which we humans are now influencing to a great extent for the first time in the history of our planet.”

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