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Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey is a photojournalist working primarily for National Geographic. Huey is also a Stanford Media Experiments Fellow working on ways to bring stories to new spaces outside the traditional media routers. In 2002 Huey walked 3,349 miles across America in 154 days with his dog Cosmo. They walked every step.


Photograph by Aaron Huey

An Anchorless Space

Winter 2017 | Photography

Everybody wants to assign the most obvious ideas to images. The most obvious idea about melting ice is human folly. It’s the destruction of the environment. It’s all the things we’re doing wrong. But these images aren’t a commentary on global warming. I didn’t think about global warming once while we were up there. I didn’t really think about people at all.

Sometimes ice melts and refreezes. Glaciers freeze and thaw. The Ruth Glacier is shrinking, but not as visibly as some glaciers in other parts of Alaska or other parts of the world. The dark stuff in the frames is silt that blows off the surrounding terrain. It gets covered by snow, then the snow melts. Over time, stripes form. Over time, the glacier crushes in on itself and curves in on itself as it heaves and breaks and bends. The ice pushes off the walls of the gorge toward the center, and rock accumulates in a long, black band. A medial moraine.  It’s natural.