Dan Holdsworth captures a vanishing panorama in a point-cloud

Armed with drones, helicopters and military-grade software program, a British photographer has developed a new option to keep in mind glaciers


12 December 2018
, up to date 8 January 2019

Dan Holdsworth, danholdsworth.com. Steady Topography (nonetheless), 2018

THIS ethereal picture reveals a surreal, not-quite human view of the Argentière Glacier within the Chamonix. Since 2014, the artist Dan Holdsworth has been making surveys of the area, typically using helicopters and drones to seize tons of of photographs of the ice sheet. These have now been digitally composited into one massive transferring picture. The result’s a shifting panorama of unprecedented topographic element. Projected on two going through partitions on the new Northern Gallery for Modern Artwork in Sunderland, UK, the animation transforms photographic stills right into a composite “point-cloud”. Utilizing new experimental approaches …

Article amended on
8 January 2019

The picture was actually of the Argentière Glacier within the Chamonix area of France and the textual content has been rewritten to appropriate this.

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