Return to Natural – Documenting the Tasman Glacier With Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard recently teamed up with Icebreaker to take a single photograph that represented humans’ relationship with nature. He traveled to the epic Tasman Lake, New Zealand, in the Mount Cook National Park. It was crazy to learn that this beautiful lake was incredibly new, only 40 years old. Chris learns that the lake is the literal open wound of a melting glacier.

Although the trip to Mount Cook National Park offered breathtaking scenery and unforgettable adventure, Chris believes there’s more to unpack. In the film, he says, “We have the potential to reduce our impact, but it starts with changing our perspective and moving to natural alternatives. We need people to re-examine their perceptions and individual choices… particularly the things that might not be so obvious.”

Mount Cook National Park

“According to Ngāi Tahu legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki); Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.”

Before you plan a trip, get updated activity information for the Mount Cook National Park region.

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