I just heard James Balog talk about his new documentary on NPR's Fresh Air. The documentary, The Human Element, follows James Balog capturing the effects of climate change. I haven't seen it yet, but I need to soon! Who has seen it? And who is going to see it?
Why's this one special? There have been plenty of great climate change documentaries released in the last few years. BUT THIS IS JAMES BALOG. He's before his time. He devoted a huge portion of his life to documenting glacier melt through multi-year time-lapse photography. Climate change disbelievers were doubting scientists reports that ice is melting, so he gave them undeniable evidence in the form of time-lapses. He developed timelapses devices and traveled the poles for years maintaining them. Chasing Ice is the documentary that represents that body of work.
As a photographer, I'm truly inspired by him. I want my photography to have an effect on people. James Balog is a prime example of that. His insane passion, hard work, and determination has played a leading role in convincing the world that climate change is real, and that politicians need to do something about it.
Now to buy his new documentary in support of him.