Press Release & Quotes
“With unspoken irony, Lynne Buchanan’s photographs expose the toxic destruction of Florida’s inland waters and coastal areas in a devastating indictment of unrestrained industrialization and reckless development. She has crisscrossed the state to find and bear witness to the devastation that we might see, understand, and be moved to action to remediate the situation in this state, which is a bellwether for the rest of the country.”
—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
"What a wondrous world of water—lakes and ponds and streams and rivers (not to mention bays and the gulf and the Atlantic)—that has shaped Florida’s landscape and identity, and how fragile are the conditions that help preserve the state’s water and provide sustenance to all the creatures (human and otherwise) that depend on its clean water for survival. If you are curious about Florida’s water and the conditions threatening its health, and if you love gorgeous photography, pick up a copy of Lynne Buchanan’s new book, Florida’s Changing Waters. She’s a passionate guide, and she takes her readers on a spellbinding tour into the heart of Florida, sharing its beauty and its mystery and the many challenges facing it in the days ahead." —Bruce Black, author of Writing Yoga
"In this captivating illustrated debut, photographer and activist Buchanan chronicles the environmental damage being done to Florida's waterways, showcasing a devastating plight facing her native state. Buchanan is unapologetic and feels no need to be diplomatic, tersely stating, ‘In Florida, as in many other parts of the United States, development often trumps maintaining clean-water standards. Florida recently acquired the dubious distinction of having the second-worst drinking water in the nation.’ Photographs of untouched waterways are breathtaking, showcasing abundant wildlife and picturesque and mystic underwater realms. Yet these images evoke a sense of both foreboding and tragedy, especially in Buchanan's images of meager streams, dried up riverbeds, and ugly swaths of toxic algae slowly choking the life out of once vibrant areas. Stirring images of areas like Central Florida's Johnson Springs capture a fading beauty still visible through the muck and slime, and help reinforce Buchanan's argument that Florida's waters are rapidly running out of time. Rounding out the volume are insightful essays by ecologist Robert L. Knight and Stetson University professor Jason M. Evans, the latter noting that with climate change, ‘it will be impossible to return Florida's waterways and natural ecosystems to some historical 'pristine' state.’ Buchanan's beautifully rendered volume is a must-have for environmentalists and conservationists."
“As a father, teacher, and citizen, I am beyond thankful to have someone as talented as Lynne Buchanan care enough to show how Florida’s waterways are changing, perhaps inspiring some of us to act just a bit more wisely and conscientiously. Maybe, just maybe, the tortuous path of reclaiming beauty in the waters is the same path that will give us the best hope of saving ourselves.”
—Jason M. Evans
“Lynne Buchanan’s vivid pictures of Florida’s changing waters, both pristine and despoiled, remind us of the present and the past, what we once had and what we have now, and the depleted future we may bequeath to our children’s children. Her images further remind us that greed and ignorance, the failure of personal responsibility and government oversight must be overcome if Florida is to avoid losing its endangered springs, leaving a depleted future to those who follow.”
—Robert L. Knight
“I just received this book the other day: a beautiful, big hardcover with Lynne Buchanan’s amazing photos. It’s a startling graphic reminder of the wondrous things that Floridians are given--as well as a wake up call about our responsibility for them.
Those of us who grew up in Florida or came here and fell in love with it might recall clear waters running through a neighborhood creek, pristine springs that flowed into rivers or the bounty of our salt waters. For many of us, these remembered places are worn through use. But some of those memories no longer relate to a physical reality. Others may not exist for our children or grandchildren to gather. Buchanan’s lens simultaneously renews some of those memories and startles us at the slow demise of others. She is a flâneur d'eaux, wandering our waters and recording them for all of us.
With essays by James L. Knight, Florida Springs Institute Executive Director, and James M. Evans of Stetson University, this book offers no specific solutions to the effects of population growth, development, commercial agriculture and climate change, except for the solutions that must hopefully grow from awareness.
Each picture is worth a thousand words. Buy a copy of this book for yourself, and have another sent to your state representative, senator or congressman with a personal note. Give one to your children, grandchildren and your parents. Send this alarm forward in time and back so that we can truly alter prevailing ideas about human progress in this beautiful state and the world, before its too late.”
—Bruce Deterding, Former Senior Legal Analyst for the DEP, and staff to Governor Crist’s Climate Action Team and the Florida House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee
“Buchanan’s stirring images of broad, hopeful horizons and the tenacity of nature contrast terrifying close-ups of human impacts... Florida’s Changing Waters captures a fading beauty, still visible, but rapidly running out of time.”
—Nancy McCrary, editor, South x Southeast photomagazine (read online)
“Fabulous book, full of well-printed wonderful images. While there are many outstanding images, the one on the front dust jacket that is on page 201 is a knockout. Although the subject matter is different, reminds me of some of Eliot Porters work.”