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AJ senior contributing photographer Chris Burkard was commissioned by wool brand Icebreaker to shoot the Tasman Glacier, an iconic but rapidly melting field of ice in New Zealand’s Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. The Tasman Lake is a massive, turquoise bulb at the base of the glacier, collected from its increasing runoff. Burkard spent days hiking and flying over the glacier, searching for an image that would tell the story of the glacier in one look—when he finally recognized the lake as the glacier’s wound, a reminder of a changing climate and the human’s role in it, he knew he’d found his shot.

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