ICE (H20) is an ongoing project that portrays the effects of GLOBAL WARMING.
The world, as it has been for millennia, is changing, and Rossi has chosen photography as a medium to stir our conscience and make us reflect on the dire question of the future of our planet.
Glaciers calve into the ocean, giant bergs float nimbly across Patagonian lakes, waves lick and gnaw at ice-bergs creating astounding shapes and forms.
The result are abstract shapes and patterns in unrealistic colours, ephemeral sculptures created by the elements. But all this beauty is deceiving - it is death that we are looking at - , the final moments of an element (H20) in transformation, its regression from a solid to a liquid state.
Jasmine Rossi’s images present the beginning of a catastrophe. Like the perfect calm before a hurricane, or the glorious light illuminating the sky before a massive storm, the eerie beauty of the wondrous shapes and forms created by the melting ice and frozen in time by her camera are illusory.
Her images are historical snapshots, conscious compositions created with a sense of urgency, aware that she is up against a race with time, as these fantastic formations are steadily disintegrating in front of her very eyes.
On her quest to portray this metamorphosis, she has spent months, even years, in some of the worlds’ most inhospitable environments, such as Antarctica, Alaska and Patagonia.
Although her subject is as far away from civilisation as can be; the absence of human presence is only illusory: her surreal landscapes are a direct consequence of our industrial rampage.