Klaus Thymann is many things: photographer, film-maker, organizational founder. But deep down, he is an explorer of the world around him. Whether traveling for creative work, professional environmental causes, or simply for personal pleasure, Thymann makes sure to capture his piercing vision of the world so he can share it with others and hopefully inspire them to greater appreciation—or action.

In the project above, Thymann found himself traveling to the ends of the earth and some of the most extreme locations therein. Over the course of 24 days, Klaus Thymann and his team journeyed to three pristine and largely uninhabited locations to capture breath-taking video and still-life imagery: the Democratic Republic of Congo, New Zealand and Mexico. In each place, Thymann was tasked with bringing back images of some of the world’s most impressive natural phenomenon: a fiery, volcanic lake (Congo), a retreating glacier that hangs above a rainforest (New Zealand) and a murky, ethereal underwater sinkhole (Mexico). The globe-trotting project was sponsored by Casio, which used Thymann’s extreme adventures as a way to showcase their newest watch’s strength and accuracy under adverse conditions.

Yet Thymann’s many passions are probably best embodied in his ” Project Pressure,” a charity that Thymann founded which is dedicated to creating the world’s first open source glacier archive. The project’s aim is to meld together the heft and seriousness of scientific organizations with the vision of artistic photographers. Ideally, the resulting photos would be both beautiful and put to practical use. In the long run, Thymann also hopes to incorporate a crowd-sourcing element, where anyone would be free to contribute their images of glaciers, thereby assembling a comparative data-base of glacial images over time. In Thymann’s view, environmental change is the most pressing concern facing mankind—thus, the name: pressure.

In all of his work, Thymann is moved by the notion that powerful photographs “can reach people on a deep level and inspire them to engage.” Across his long and varied career—that holds plenty more in the future, to be sure—Thymann is doing his best to make good on that idea.

—Alexander Strecker