The town of Fiesch, Switzerland, sits surrounded by the largest glaciers in the Swiss Alps: the Aletsch, Fiescher and neighboring Rhone glacier. Beginning in 1674, the people of the devoutly Catholic town have made an annual pilgrimage to pray for the glaciers to recede. The consequences for the village were dire as the glaciers grew over two centuries, reaching their maximum lengths around 1850. A decade later, the glaciers began receding.
Over the course of several months in 2015, photographer George Voulgaropoulos began photographing his own pilgrimage through the town of Fiesch, visiting the glaciers in the surrounding area. Voulgaropoulos wanted to examine the impact of global warming on the earth and imagine its consequences for our future. His visits to Fiesch would form the beginning of his long-term series “Pilgrim,” in which he has created an imagined future where the earth’s air quality is beyond repair and the world’s natural wonders are only able to be viewed through protective equipment.
Voulgaropoulos used a camera filter when shooting the photos. The resulting images, which were not manipulated by computer, were created to mimic a digital artifact or scenes from a virtual world.
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