In April, photographer Tuck Gaisford and his father Brian Gaisford of Hemingway African Gallery took 5 flights and a helicopter to visit the hunting village of Uummannaq, Greenland, 350 miles North of the Arctic Circle. Hanging over their impressions of the arctic land’s stark beauty was the dark realization of how quickly it is all disappearing. “Out on the ice with the hunters, [we] saw global warming for real…Greenland has one kind of hunter; those who hunt so they and their people can survive…Global warming has cut the ice time for hunting by one third. Greenland’s massive ice sheet is in runaway melt mode,” says Brian Gaisford. The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center proudly hosts Tuck Gaisford’s photography show “Hang Fire: The Effects of Global Warming on Subsistence Hunting in Greenland & America” to shed a light on this swiftly vanishing world.
The icebound land Tuck Gaisford captured is one most of us will never experience. “Greenland is a land where the locals have never seen a tree…It is a land with four months of darkness and summer months when the sun never sets. The [hunting] dogs outnumber people by at least 4 to 1,” says Brian Gaisford. The locals hunt for seals and fish in the ice for vital vitamins needed to survive as there are no fruits or vegetables to be found in the region. “There used to be six months of ice but in recent years, they’ve only had six weeks,” Brian continues. “The fast thinning ice is very dangerous and hunters are being lost more often through the ice. I was nearly one of them.” In “Hang Fire,” Tuck Gaisford has captured both the perils and the thrills of life in this remote corner of the world. The exhibition opens with a special presentation Thursday, June 20, 5-8:30PM. Those wishing to attend opening night can RSVP to email@example.com. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery #30, ground floor of The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center until July 31, 2013.