Florida's Changing Waters (2011-present)
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he is not the same man. – Heraclitus
Florida is known mostly for its beaches, and the inland waterways are frequently overlooked or even sacrificed for development along the coastline. The state’s rivers are treasures that are on the verge of being lost. The photographs in Changing Water are a call to action to preserve these resources, for their natural beauty, philosophical lessons, and essential role in our survival.
In Florida, the impact of climate change and agricultural pollution are causing invasive species to flourish, which are strangling rivers and springs. Estuaries and waterways are also being damaged by diverting rivers and springs for reservoirs and farms and by taking too much water out of the aquifers. Additionally, all waterways, the coastline, and riparian landscapes are being threatened by saltwater intrusion due to sea level rise. These photographs focus on the beauty and remaining health of our waterways but also show where our actions have had profound and often irreversible affects. This project invites the viewer to enjoy the beauty of our rivers and speak out for their future viability.