The chilling waters of Greenland offer another perspective behind the idea “as above, so below.”
It’s no secret the overall warming of our planet is melting ice caps at an alarming rate. Photographer Tobias Friedrich shares visual documentation of otherwordly images reminding us of the immensity beneath a simple surface. His work offers a fresh look as some icebergs are smooth underneath, while a majority show a jagged edge due to breakage.
There is always more than meets the eye and this visual can offer new inspiration for how we may lessen our footprint. All appears white and clear atop these icebergs, yet a whole world lives beneath showing an in-depth look at what truly goes on above.
Anna Von Boetticher, a freediving champion and writer, shares a heart-felt message on her Instagram reminding us, amidst feelings of isolation, we always belong.
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I went to places alien to humans. I paused my breath, I slowed my heartbeat. I felt the relentless, brutal cold fill every part of me. And: I felt my heart swell with wonder at the beauty of this harsh place. Truth is, we belong. To all parts of this world. —————- Ich habe mich an menschenfeindliche Orte gewagt. Ich habe meinen Atem ausgesetzt und meinen Herzschlag verlangsamt. Ich habe die unnachgiebige, brutale Kälte gespürt, die jeden Teil von mir einnahm und ich habe gespürt, wie mein Herz überfließt im Staunen über die Schönheit dieses harten Ortes. Wir gehören dazu. Zu allen Teilen dieser Erde. 📷 @_below_surface_ #freediver #freediving #freediverlife #freedivinglife #goyourownway @oris @carboniogft @polosub_italy
“The most unexpected part was the iceberg itself,” Friedrich shared with My Modern Met. “We dived on several icebergs in Greenland and drilled a hole next to it, but we never knew how it looked from the downside until we actually got into the water and down to the iceberg.”
Friedrich shares the following quote on his website:
“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.”—Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997)
Each iceberg has it’s own depth, span, and message—if you listen quietly enough.
Discover more of Tobias Friedrich’s photography at http://www.below-surface.com
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