September 7th, 2011

Photog’s Climate Change Images On Display at Reagan National Airport

Mendenhall Glacier Then and Now

This billboard featuring a diptych from Gary Braasch's project showing climate change is on display at Reagan National Airport for the next year.

Travelers passing through Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport over the next year will be confronted with photographic evidence of climate change, thanks to the work of photographer Gary Braasch. A backlit billboard showing the retreat of Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, one of the country’s largest glaciers, was installed at the airport on August 30th.

The diptych shows an archival 1894 photograph of the glacier next to Braasch’s 2008 image, which was made from approximately the same spot as the first. The photographs, part of a “before and after” project by Braasch, for which he has re-photographed archival images to show how the landscape has changed, show the severity of the glacier’s retreat over the past century.

Sponsored by The Del Mar Global Trust and World View of Global Warming, the billboard is part of This Is Climate Change, a campaign to “educate and increase awareness of climate change among the general public.”

Further public displays are in the works.

More at thisisclimatechange.org.

Related: Consequences of Climate Change, PDN Photo of the Day