New York, NY, November 19, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- What is it like to sleep next to a glacier in remote Greenland?
“Terrifying, stunning and exhilarating,” says Yale-trained New York fine art photographer Steve Giovinco who spent a month in Southern Greenland--much of the time next to a glacier and the thousand mile ice sheet--documenting the dramatic shifting environment.
The aim of the project is to bring new awareness to irreversible environmental destruction. Beyond documentation, however, these photographs convey a surreal portrait of a changing primordial landscape.
Giovinco's new photo project looks at the land, ice and communities in Southern Greenland including the tiny remote town Narsarsuaq, population 158, which lies in the shadow of glaciers. The photos capture the vast scarred landscapes; shrinking icebergs and ice floes; desolate villages; and four hundred-year-old Norse ruins; all marked with traces of human intervention. Photographed through the changing light at dawn, twilight, or nighttime the vistas are haunted, luminous, magical and at times devastating.
“I wanted to show what it feels like to be there; I felt dwarfed by the immensity of the space and sky. I could feel the destruction of this dazzlingly beautiful place. It took my breath away and yet I felt overwhelmed (and at times frightened) by the immutability of the natural world,” says Giovinco.
Much of Steve’s artistic inspiration is based on historic painting, including Hudson River Landscape painters Frederic Edwin Church, and William Bradford, who explored the coast of Labrador and Greenland.
This is a continuation of a long-term project photographing in remote locations at night. Steve is planning an exhibition of large-scale photographic prints in galleries and museums, and to publish a book of the photos.
The project was funded by grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Lois Roth Endowment. Steve was in Greenland from mid-August to mid-September, 2016.
About Steve Giovinco
Steve Giovinco is a fine art photographer who exhibits widely in North America and internationally. Steve earned an MFA from Yale University, and has been awarded fellowships, grants and numerous artist residencies fellowships, including Yaddo. Showing in over 100 group and solo gallery and museum exhibitions with artists such as Jeff Wall, and Martin Parr, Steve’s work has been collected by several institutions, such as Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Yale University. Reviews have been published in Art in America, his work has appeared in the New York Times, in several catalogues and in “Summertime,” a book published by Chronicle Books.
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