It seems like there is never a week without some sort of reference in the news to the global climate emergency. In fact, just this week we are seeing reports of much higher than usual temperatures at both the poles. As photographers and filmmakers we are often in the unique position to be documenting the effects of climate change and have the potential to draw closer attention to the issue.
That is exactly what inspired photographer and filmmaker Christopher Dormoy to create this hauntingly beautiful timelapse film “Eternal Spring”.
Dormoy says that ice is a beautiful element that he loves to work within his video projects. “I wanted to feature the ice melting aspect in to illustrate the phenomenon of global warming,” he says. “Melting ice is beautiful and symbolizes spring, but it can also symbolize the problematic aspects of our climate.”
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Dormoy must have travelled to the ends of the Earth to film this project in ice caves and glaciers. However, the entire project was shot indoors in a small studio using a tiny freezer.
The ice was created in layers, with water sprayed every 30 minutes to create different formations and effects. To speed up the process of melting later on, Dormoy used a small heating device.
The most challenging aspect Dormoy says, was the lighting. He needed to use 6 LED lights for it to be visible through the ice, particularly the ice cave he created.
The resulting film is absolutely breathtaking, particularly with the seamless editing and added music and sound effects working together to draw attention to this often talked about but easily dismissed subject.