This photo series by German photographer Frieder Blickle documents the practice of covering glaciers to protect them from the summer sun. Climate change imagery is often synonymous with melting ice and glaciers. But rarely do we see a human element in the image, especially one that shows the extent to which humans will go to try and protect these glaciers and the economy that relies on them. While one image of a glacier covered by cloth would potentially be difficult to understand, the series helps the audience grasp the scale of this ‘new story’.
WHAT IT SHOWS: Austria, Tyrol, Rettenbach Glacier: A melt water stream on the glacier in the summer. In the background the glacier is protected by fabric against the summer sun.