Acclimate


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Balint Alovits’ (b. 1987, Hungary) series Acclimate shows us human settlement in one of the most unforgiving environments we have colonised over human history. It makes you wonder why people over a millennium ago decided to settle in Iceland — and why they still do. Human construction has a very temporary feel here, and Alovits’ images perfectly juxtapose the overwhelming scale of nature with the fragile human constructions that seem meek and out-of-place.

Alovits, who is based in London, makes photos that are clean and airy, just as one would expect Iceland to be. They are not hostile, though: the juxtaposition of nature and human settlement is not one of antagonism; rather, there is a particular humility to the ingenuous flexibility of humans. However, a melting pile of snow seems to remind the viewer that—as harsh as this place and as colossal as the nature are—they, too, could soon change forever along with the global climate.

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