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Color and texture are my favorite elements in a photograph. Water and ice seem to possess a never-ending range of those elements. They are such simple things that we experience every day. I certainly don’t dwell on thoughts of either most of the time. Yet, I’m still fascinated by them. Two phases of the same molecule, necessary for life and under the right conditions can also take life away.
On large scales, both are incredibly powerful, eroding mountain ranges and coastlines. Water and ice are artforms. Each one creates an infinite variety of patterns. Up close, there is a stunning structure and complexity in ice crystals or the flow of water.
On human timescales, ice seems static, unchanging. But it is often subject to incredible forces of gravity, internal and external stress, as well as wind and ocean currents. Not to mention that with the temperatures on the surface of Earth, there is frequent melt, freeze or refreeze, and sublimation. Deposition, crystal growth, and the transition of snow into firn and then ice through grain growth is a remarkable process. These forces often drive changes in the ice through deformation. Ice presents itself as enormous and powerful forms of glaciers that carve through rock and can simultaneously contain the most delicate feathers of hoarfrost within.