The cold arctic storm lasted a full 13 days over the Léman in February 2012, with a wind blasting as fast as 87km/h, waves battering the ports and the banks, and a temperature constantly below zero, day and night, averaging -10. These were the perfect conditions for a fantastic show that mother nature offers on very rare occasions. Even more exceptional, this phenomenon of freezing spray accumulated as much as several meters of ice on the shores, wrapped the thinnest pole with inches of ice, and it took another 2 weeks after the storm to thaw. As never before, and much to our joy, multitudes of photographers, coming sometimes from the other side of Europe, immortalised the wonderful natural ice sculptures and the arctic landscapes. The media loved it and it was broadcasted around the world.
This blog is about the phenomenon, about the amazing pictures that were taken, the idea and the making of Léman Arctique – Ice Storm, from Sandor Szabados, a truly collective book showcasing some of the best pictures that were taken in France and Switzerland in the Geneva region. We would also like to take you on our adventure of publishing and producing a book ourselves in a very short time, with the images of 108 photographers, through a painful selection from the tens of thousand of photos we reviewed from 255 photographers we contacted.