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Sea Secrets 2018 Lecture Series

The Human Element: A Photographer’s Journey in the Anthropocene

James Balog, Founder & Director, Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey

A revolution in human perception is underway, yet few of us know about it. For countless millen-nia, humanity has believed that nature was strong, we were weak, and everything we did to survive was justified. Recently, we have come to realize that the impact of Homo sapiens profoundly alters the biology, chemistry, and physics of our planet. In recognition of that impact, science has coined a new word,
“Anthropocene,” to describe the current epoch of geologic time. The Human Element is a riveting multimedia presentation revealing the Anthropocene revolu-tion through Mr. Balog’s unique global perspec-tive as an environmental photographer, scientist, and mountaineer. His exploration of elemental substances – wildfire and wildlife, ice and water, air and climate – celebrates the amazing beauty of the world we all share, while leading us into a deeper and more sustainable relationship with nature.

Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. The project was featured in an internationally acclaimed,
award-winning documentary Chasing Ice and in a PBS/NOVA special Extreme Ice. His work is housed in dozens of public and private art collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Denver Art Museum. He has been extensively published in most of the world’s major pictorial magazines, including National Geographic, Life, and Vanity Fair.

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