Luminous Icescapes

CreditsLuminous Icespaces is a series of photographs developed in Iceland and Alaska. When I visited the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in the southeast of Iceland, on the borders of Vatnajökull National Park, I was mesmerised by the icebergs that appeared like diamonds scattered on the beach at the beginning of Creation. The fragility of the ice on the beach, where there is unceasing interplay of wave and sand, was very absorbing. Iceland's evolving and surrounding landscapes offer the opportunity of experiencing a hypnotic journey. Its climate, lighting and inherent sound activate your senses in a way you can find all kind of detail, from whispering winds of diamond dust, rainbow reveries to deep sound emanating from under the ice. A series of photographs within this project show scenarios where ice is presented as a sequence of precious gemstones. It aims to emphasize their natural value since they are in some way the solitaire jewels of nature that we need to preserve in order to safeguard arctic environment for the future. Others show ominous, immense rigid walls of ice intermixed with dirt from Alaska, perhaps a metaphor of what the human existence has made to sully the purity of the ice. I try and allow the viewer to experience this dichotomy and form their own opinion of this complex issue of what is happening to the melting of the work's glaciers.
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About Photographer

About Andrea Hamilton (Lima, 1968) graduated from Brown University with a Degree in Comparative Literature and Politics. She was recipient of a scholarship from the Italian Consulate to study Italian Art History in Florence and Siena (1987). Hamilton went on to complete a Law Degree from Oxford University (1994), and a Masters of Law (LLM) from NYU Law School. Following this, Hamilton joined S.G. Warburg as an Equity Analyst in Latin American Mining working both in New York and London. Her career in mining inspired her love of landscape and desire to protect the environment. Her mother, an artist and an interior designer, inspired Hamilton and invited her to follow her steps. She completed the Contemporary Professional Photographic Course at Photofusion and a course on traditional print methods at the Black and White School, both in London. She has exhibited at the Black and White Gallery, Photofusion, the David Gill Gallery (London), Royal Photographic Society 155th International Print Exhibition (London), The Art Council Annual Juried Exhibition (Florida) and Real People Exhibition 2011 for the Old Court House Art Center (Woodstock). In addition, Hamilton has been awarded with the AOP Open Awards in 2011 and 2013 and a Sony World Photography Award in 2012.