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Dan Holdsworth captures a vanishing landscape in a point-cloud


12 December 2018, updated 8 January 2019

Armed with drones, helicopters and military-grade software, a British photographer has developed a new way to remember glaciers

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Dan Holdsworth, Continuous Topography (still), 2018

THIS ethereal image reveals a surreal, not-quite human view of the Argentière Glacier in the Chamonix. Since 2014, the artist Dan Holdsworth has been making surveys of the region, sometimes employing helicopters and drones to capture hundreds of images of the ice sheet. These have now been digitally composited into one large moving image. The result is a shifting landscape of unprecedented topographic detail. Projected on two facing walls at the new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, UK, the animation transforms photographic stills into a composite “point-cloud”. Using …

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