London-based photographer Timo Lieber is best known for his striking images of the world from above. In his photography project ‘THAW’, he captures the fascinating beauty of the Arctic ice cap in a deliberately abstract way. The series presents a tension between his value he places on aesthetics, and a message about the harsh effects of climate change on the natural environment.
Lieber has always held a passion for ice, having travelled countless times to Arctic Norway, Iceland and Greenland. In the summer of 2016, he partnered with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge for an expedition to the Arctic ice cap. The photographer’s aim was to depict the swift rate of the environment’s continual changes. During his expedition, Lieber flew over deep blue lakes capturing remarkable images. Due to the expense of helicopter flight, he photographed from a twin-engine plane, which was described as a challenge for the pilot and the photographer. The resulting images that constitute Lieber’s ‘THAW’ series live from his passion for nature and understanding of the severity of climate change.