OGDEN, Utah – Acclaimed nature photographer James Balog, who is using time-lapse video and photography to document the retreat of glaciers worldwide, will visit Weber State University Nov. 16-20.
Balog is a National Geographic photographer and the founder and director of the Extreme Ice Survey and Earth Vision Trust.
Shocked by the changes he saw while shooting the June 2007 National Geographic cover story on melting glaciers, Balog (BAY-log), who has a graduate degree in geomorphology, initiated the most wide-ranging glacier study ever conducted.
Using innovative time-lapse, video and conventional photography, he captured images at sites in Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Bolivia, the Alps, and the northern U.S. Rockies. Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey provided a monumental and stunning look at the impact that climate change is having on the world’s glaciers.
During his November visit Balog will make three presentations that are free and open to the public. The first will be Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Library (5568 South Adams Ave., South Ogden). The second will be Nov. 18 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom B on WSU’s Ogden campus. The final presentation will be Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Ogden Nature Center (966 W. 12th St., Ogden), where he will speak about photographing nature.
An exhibit of his photographs from the Extreme Ice Survey will be on display in WSU’s Shepherd Union Bridge Gallery from Nov. 1-30.
For nearly 30 years, Balog has broken new ground in the art of photographing nature. He is the recipient of a 2010 Heinz Award. Past awards include: Leica Medal of Excellence, the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, the Aspen Institute’s Visual Arts & Design Award, the first-ever International League of Conservation Photographers League Award, and the North American Nature Photography Association’s “Outstanding Photographer of the Year.”
The author of seven books, Balog’s most recent publication is “Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report,” released by National Geographic Books in March 2009.
For more information on his visit call the office of the Dean of the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities at 801-626-6424 or visit cah.weber.edu/.
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