With petroleum as his paint, English photographer Simon Norfolk took to Africa’s second highest peak, Mount Kenya, to outline the mountains’ vanishing Lewis Glacier. Using old maps and meticulous GPS plotting, the fire lines represent an old section of the glacier, often a large distance from the glacier’s current front. Norfolk’s work, completed in 2014, is marked by grief but he hopes it also serves as a call to action. In his words, to think that “in ten or twelve years this magnificent glacier that has endured for millennia will exist only in photographs, is unbearable.”
Photo: Norfolk was born in 1963, the year of the glacier’s position depicted by this fire line. At that time only the small hut on the left existed. The larger structure with the lights on, called the Austrian Hut, was built in 1972 and served as Norfolk’s residence during this project in 2014.