Florida Wetlands

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Photography: 2005 - 2008

Almost all of the images in this portfolio were photographed on private land owned by hunting clubs and developers, underscoring the poignancy of a vanishing natural environment. Most of the images are from the Lake Harney area in Oak Hill, with a few from Edgewater, Florida. One was taken in Ormond Beach, Florida.

'Florida Wetlands' is a body of work photographed, ironically, during a period of extreme drought and heat in Florida. It is my least romantic vision of the Florida landscape, showing it under pressure from climate and development. I often had to search for puddles to indicate that it was actually a wetland. I dripped with sweat while working in a cloud of insect repellant, thinking to myself, 'Only foolish humans are out in the heat of the day!' At times it was the zzzzz of the mosquitoes that broke the silence just before the gators started oinking at each other, and the frogs began croaking… just before sunset when all hell breaks loose noise-wise. The area I chose was fairly isolated with a savannah on one side and a lake on the other. Because the property owned by hunting clubs is set aside, I have grown to appreciate hunting as an incentive to preserve what is left of natural areas.

Exhibited:

  • The Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida

Print size:

  • 15.5 x 15.5 inches

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