Louisiana’s Shrinking Coastlines

I drove up to Boone, NC, yesterday for the reception for two exhibits at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University. The first of these is In Black and White: Louisiana’s Retreating Coast and Communities, in which one of my images and three images from my friend and fellow photographer Brana Wallace appear. These images are part of an ongoing project by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) to document the rapid disappearance of the estuaries and barrier islands of Louisiana’s coastline. Land is lost forever at the rate of an acre every half hour, in large part because of erosion caused by the petroleum industry through drilling and refinery operations in the region.

My image “Coming Home” is in the top center.

Brana’s image “Out at Sea” is in the center, and her image “Robinson Canal” is at bottom left.

The real star of the show, though, was the exhibit in Turchin’s other gallery, Capturing a Transient Word: A Contemporary Look at Louisiana. Featuring the work of several artists (including my friend Toby Morriss) who have returned to Louisiana repeatedly over the past 10 years to photograph the vanishing culture and landscape of its barrier islands, the exhibit offers images that are hauntingly beautiful and often deeply troubling for their implications.

The beautiful creature at lower right is Toby Morriss’s handmade pinhole panoramic camera.

Some of Toby Morriss’s work on display at Turchin.

The LUMCON artists and the gallery masterminds behind the exhibits at Turchin.

Back row (L to R): Scott Ludwig, Cassie McDowell, Nicole Cotton, Karin Eberhardt, Eric Plaag, Jenny Marbach, Brook Bower, Daniel Kariko; Front row (L to R): Toby Morriss, Tiffany Weitzen, Annette Kariko, Chuck Broussard

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~ by ericplaag on July 12, 2008.

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