CSU, Chico News

Take a Photographic Journey of Climate Change During Public Lecture at CSU, Chico

Date: 07-11-2011

Kathleen McPartland, Senior Communications Officer
Debra Johnson, Marketing
Dr. Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director

In the 1930s, roughly 70 percent of the earth’s fresh water was frozen in the majestic glaciers that caught legendary mountaineer Bradford Washburn’s attention. Today, these same glaciers are smaller remnants of themselves, and some have completely disappeared from the face of the earth due to ice melt, one result of a changing climate.

This aspect of our warming planet will be the focus of discussion by environmental photojournalist David Arnold during two public events to be held July 27 at the Gateway Science Museum and on the campus of California State University, Chico.

Arnold is one of the artists behind Double Exposure, Photographing Climate Change, a fine-art photography exhibit on display at the Gateway Science Museum through Aug. 14. Double Exposure documents a warming climate through twin photographs of glaciers in Alaska and Switzerland. Mountaineer Bradford Washburn took the original pictures in the early and mid-1900s. Arnold took the modern images between 2005 and 2007 from the same aerial vantage points used by Washburn. Viewed side by side, the images provide a stark view of a changing planet.

An artist reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., July 27 at the Gateway Science Museum. Participants will explore the Double Exposure exhibit, gain personal insight from Arnold about the project, and enjoy refreshments. Only 100 tickets are available for the artist reception. Tickets are $25 each and available at the Gateway Science Museum store in advance and at the door. Proceeds from the artist reception will benefit the Gateway Science Museum.

Arnold’s free public presentation, “Chasing the Shadow of Bradford Washburn,” will be held the same day at 7:30 p.m., in Ayres Hall Room 120 at the intersection of 1st St. and Salem St, on the CSU, Chico campus. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will chronicle Arnold’s two-year journey to create Double Exposure, touch on his latest project photographing coral reefs, and provide his insights into how we can turn around the effects of climate change.

Arnold's presentation and the Double Exposure exhibition are co-sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Development, the Rawlins Endowed Professorship for Environmental Literacy and the Gateway Science Museum.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.