‘I’m the Ice Man’: How a Retiree in a Small New England Town Found a New Career Photographing Winter Frost

Some of Len Burgess’s ice crystal photography. Photo courtesy of Len Burgess.

On cold winter mornings, 83-year-old Len Burgess wakes up before dawn, picks up his camera, and checks the storm windows on his Danvers, Massachusetts, home. When conditions are just right, he can photograph delicate ice crystals that form on the surface of the glass between the window panes—and the resulting images are stunningly beautiful.

“I’m the ice man. No one else shoots this stuff at all,” Burgess told Artnet News of his new photo series, which he simply calls “Ice Crystals.”

Now retired after running his own advertising agency for nearly 40 years, Burgess has been taking photographs since he was 15, when he received a Kodak box camera as a gift.

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