Svalbard, Norway is a small, remote island group north of the Arctic Circle. It is one of the coldest, wildest and most pristine places remaining on the planet for life to call home. Yet today, as local ecotourism is escalating, its climate is rapidly deteriorating due to global climate change. This collection of images tells a pictorial story of love and pending loss. Svalbard is an experience in contrasting realities of simplicity, complexity, active geology, life’s challenges and primitive beauty captured within these unique photographs, that are rich with depth, information and meaning. From the perspective of a naturalist, photographer and Earth resident, the images invite viewers to explore, to learn and to lose themselves within. Enjoy the opportunity to ponder this special place, a corner of our planet that few have ever seen; yet due to extreme changes in its climate is affecting us all. With rapid melting of sea ice, glaciers and permafrost, the Arctic Circle will accelerate extreme climate change, warming the planet beyond all other factors. Photography has the power to bring unknown worlds within reach of the viewer, and by doing so inspire care and protection for far away places such as this unique, frozen world, and for those places closer to home. Jim’s images and perspectives help us to explore both our world and our role within Earth’s shared surroundings.
Jim Wilson has a history of making and utilizing images to help others to see, learn and appreciate our environment. Jim is professional photographer, biologist, teacher and speaker. Over the last fifty years, much of Jim’s photographic work has blended his knowledge and love of science with his passion for photography. He now specializes in fine art and environmental photography. He has earned degrees in Photography, Applied Art & Design and Biological Sciences. Most recently in 2018, he was presented the “Best of Photography” Award at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. As a proud founding member of Viewpoint, Jim advocates for the importance of photography, art and science in our communities.