PHOTOS: This photographer captured haunting photos of New Zealand's glaciers to raise awareness about climate change

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Vaughn Brookfield was struggling through an icy-cold night, camped precariously on the Tasman Glacier, a 7-hour drive south-west of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.

“At an altitude of 2,200 metres, our campsite was ferociously cold. We were lucky to get a solid good weather window for 24 hours as it was constantly changing,” he said.

“Night time temperatures drop to below -13C, making it difficult to keep the water in our drink bottles from freezing. Large glacier cracks made it really unsafe to move around at night.”

Thing is, Brookfield isn’t an intrepid explorer. He’s a commercial photographer.

He was selected by some of Australia’s top professional photography community as part of ‘Show Us What’s Possible‘, an online platform by Canon that supports photographer’s personal projects, to create a stunning images highlighting the impact of global warming on the environment.

Brookfield’s project took four months of planning, then a four-day expedition into New Zealand’s icy wilderness with light projectionist Tom Lynch and filmmaker Heath Patterson.

Here’s some of the stunning and haunting images Brookfield captured as part of ‘The Nameless Project’.

'Show Us What's Possible' encourages both established and budding photographers to pitch ideas Canon can help turn into reality.

So, where does Brookfield find inspiration? 'Creatives need to think big, think of your ultimate creative idea you want to achieve.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'Once you have a solid idea that’s been sitting at the back of your mind for a while then it’s time to take the plunge.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'Don’t be afraid to push the limits, you will create something extraordinary if you do.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

Through the incredible images of Tasman Glacier, Brookfield hopes people recognise the beauty and fragility of the world around us.

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

It's a location that he's wanted to capture since he was little.

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'At a young age I visited Tasman Glacier and was immediately taken back by its size and magnitude.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'I’ve since returned only to find it has retreated by more than a kilometre in the past decade.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'The environment, and the impact humans have on it, has always been close to my heart.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'I felt this was an opportunity to highlight this damage in an original way.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'So many things could have gone wrong but we got extremely lucky.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'I’m pretty sure it’s the first time one of these large projectors would have been taken out onto a glacier at 2,200 meters altitude in -13C.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'Not only that but the translucent ice was harder to project on to than we originally planned for as it would refract the light.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'My favourite shot from this incredible adventure was turning an iceberg into a cracked dry dirt/dessert.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'It conveys a strong direct message that the glacier is alive which ties back to exactly what we want to depict.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'I captured these images by projecting still images and moving animations on to the landscape, then once the light was perfect, I shot.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

'While we were shooting it took a lot of work to look after our gear; cameras were pushing really high ISO, meaning they were extremely sensitive to the light and projectors were running at ridiculously low temps.'

Photo: Canon/Vaughan Brookfield

Watch the incredible footage of their expedition here.

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