Ice See You


Behind the Scenes of this Photo

Taken in a ice tunnel on the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina on March 2, 2017.

People are drawn to glaciers in a powerful way. I think it’s because there’s almost nothing so foreign from our daily lives as a strip of ice miles wide that slowly and inexorably slides through mountain valleys, carving them up, and depositing ice and rock in the landscape below. I too am drawn to glaciers and I relish every chance I get to explore on top of one. During my visit to Perito Moreno I went on a guided excursion that explored a tiny part of the glacier, probing some of its fascinating features, including moulins, crevasses, surface rivers, and impossibly blue ice. But one of the most mesmerizing features we explored was a 3-foot high ice tunnel that provided fantastic views of the snow-capped peaks ringing the valley. To me it seemed like nothing so much as a gigantic frozen eyeball looking out on the world.

Key Learning Tip:

One of the best tips I’ve learned about connecting your viewer to your scene I picked up from Pulitzer-prize-winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice. She told me that she loves the power of layering and framing to draw viewers into her photos. In her work you often see exactly that: photos of two men talking, viewed through the windows of a car. Or a baseball player greeting the press, viewed from the dugout. It’s an effective technique and it makes us feel as though we are participating in the moment being photographed instead of simply looking at it.

In this photo I used the same technique to photograph the distant mountains of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, as viewed through a tunnel in the Perito Moreno glacier. As a result you don’t feel separate from the landscape. Instead you’re immersed in the glacial ice, peeking out onto the gray, rugged landscape beyond.

See more beautiful Argentina photos here.

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2 replies
  1. James Inasi
    James Inasi says:

    Excellent picture for the tension created by the lack of symmetry between the lensoidal ice hole and horizontal mountains on the horizon. At least my mind attempts to realign the long axis of the hole with the horizon… the effect is unsettling.


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