Remember the film version of the ill-fated Titanic steaming toward a towering iceberg? That footage was likely our first introduction to these majestic but ominous ships of the sea. The year was 1912 and little research was available related to the icy behemoths. Much has been learned since that fateful day when so many people lost their lives. Despite their icy demeanor, icebergs are very much alive! They’re ‘calved’ from an active glacier, the birth announcement a thunderous roar upon entry into the sea which marks the beginning of a long journey. Over the course of their existence ocean currents will carry the roving ice palaces until their fresh water ice melts completely into the brine, a process that could take from weeks to years. The age of Greenland glacier base ice can be ancient: 150,000 years. In human terms, this gestation takes forever. By comparison to the lifespan of glacial ice, the floating ice castle lasts for just a moment in time, a flash of refracted blue, green and white ice comprised of large crystals and compacted snow sculpted into arches and spires. The berg topples and rolls as it becomes increasingly smaller until its cantilevered beauty shrinks, disappears into the dark sea. Follow photographer Michael Morrissey’s exquisite photos, crystalline canvases for your eyes. Interpret the life you see in these peaked ice islands and read just how close Michael came to understanding their unmitigated power in a subsequent ice expedition.
Born in the United States, Michael Morrissey was initially drawn to Paris in the early 1970’s. Trekking to Katmandu, he found himself driving the Magic Bus with an increasing involvement in photography as a way of capturing, in an instant, that which could never be explained in words. As a landscape architect, and master-of many-trades, Michael lived and worked in Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan, where he co-founded Refugees International. In Thailand he worked with the UNHCR developing refugee camps. After creating several real estate management companies based in Bangkok, Mike focused his passions: travel and photography. An inveterate global traveler with a penchant for discovering off- the-beaten paths, he has experienced moments of terror and peace, sadness touched by joy, acquiring a deep awareness of the connectedness present among all people and cultures and a deep respect for the poignant, majestic yet fragile natural world.
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TREKKIN' Published September 21, 2010
Facing the World: San Francisco Published June 14, 2010