James Balog, an internationally acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and environmental educator, will visit Bloomington and the Indiana University campus April 9 and 10 to give public talks, screen two of his documentaries and visit with students, faculty and members of the public.
Balog is the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey, a long-term photography project that documents the changing ecosystems on 24 glaciers, and the Earth Vision Institute, which creates visual stories and rich media to educate people about the impact of environmental change.
His 2009 documentary "Chasing Ice," based on the work of the Extreme Ice Survey, won an Emmy Award and was shortlisted for an Oscar. "Chasing Ice" focuses on Balog's quest to capture the devastating impacts of climate change on the beautiful and fragile landscapes of the arctic.
His latest film, "The Human Element," explores how human activity on our planet now acts as a "fifth element," interacting in complex ways with the traditional elements of earth, air, fire and water. The screening of "The Human Element" will be its Indiana premiere.