Winning documentary subject of 2010 Indy cover story



The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival awarded Chasing Ice, the story of environmental photographer James Balog, top honors, and something about that film sounded familiar. That's because Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey, which, in part, documented the eroding glaciers at Glacier National Park, were the subject of a 2010 Indy cover story.

The article originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent and was republished by the Indy. In it, Balog talks about his dangerous and time-consuming work, and why he does it.

In my darker nights of despair, I ask myself, "Why are you putting yourself through this?" My answer is, that there's a voice in my head, and the voice is of my daughters—I've got an 8-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old daughter—and I fast-forward through time, and I imagine myself as an old man in a rocking chair, and I imagine them saying to me, "Dad, what were you doing 25 years ago when the climate was changing, when the world was coming apart? Were you paying attention? Was your society paying attention?"

Balog at work
  • Courtesy of Extreme Ice Survey
  • Balog at work

Now I can't speak for my society, but I can speak for me, and I want to be able to say to those kids, with a straight face, I saw what was happening, I knew what it meant, and I did the best that I could to communicate the reality of that.

Chasing Ice will screen again Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the Wilma.

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