Creative Professionals Take On The Ice Bucket Challenge

Curators’ Corner

Creative Professionals Take On The Ice Bucket Challenge


September has arrived and the Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong. With over $100 million raised for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and heightened awareness about the incurable disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge has proven to be one of the most successful social media-driven causes of all time.

The act of dumping ice water on oneself and filming it has sparked the creative juices of many professional photographers and videographers, much to the internet’s delight.

For example, check out photographer Mark Dawson’s Ice Bucket Challenge. Dawson went old school with his video using a tintype camera, the likes of which haven’t been popular since Grover Cleveland was president. Using a two-second exposure, Dawson and his girlfriend were able to take a brilliant photograph with a device that was never designed to take fast-action shots. The result and corresponding video look like this:

Then we have Kentucky-based photographer Adrian Murray, who decided to do away with the video element altogether and instead capture his icy deluge with a series of photographs depicting every refreshing moment as it happened. The full flipbook-style IBC can be seen here.

Although he’s known for his athletic prowess over his artistic ability, the Ice Bucket Challenge grand prize for creativity goes to none other than Canadian ice hockey player Paul Bissonnette, who hired a helicopter to drop glacier water over him while clad in nothing but a Speedo. Bissonnette, apart from attracting all the headlines, also donated $1,000 to the cause.

Finally, and we might be going out on a limb here, it’s worth noting that iconic American painter Grant Wood might have foreshadowed the power of dumping cold water over oneself. Visitors at the Smithsonian American Art Museum have recently paid more attention to one of his lesser-known prints, a nude man doing…yep, you guessed it…The Ice Bucket Challenge. Sadly, there is no evidence this print ever raised money for charity.

If you are interested in donating to the ALS foundation, visit their website or call 888-949-2577 to learn how to support this great cause.