Royal Photographic Society interview with James Balog: Thin Ice

“I am hanging from a 6mm climbing cord, clipped into a bolt, which has been drilled into a smooth rock face on the side of an Austrian Alp. High above the Stubai Glacier, I’ve joined James Balog and his assistant Matt Kennedy as they hurry to complete the final stages of installing a time-lapse camera unit on the mountainside. It’s precarious. Balog and I are both leaning out on the same bolt, me to take photographs and him to make the final adjustments to a camera plate. Kennedy, just across from me, has fixed a solar panel to the rock. Both he and his boss are completely calm and absorbed despite the hazardous location.”  Continue reading…