Sea Change Allegory: visions from a changing climate

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The Earth is in the midst of a large change in climate. Of course change has defined earth’s history, but our current reality is different from anything in the past. Now change is happening on a scale close to that of a human life-time, and humans are the agent of the change. We could choose to mitigate the effects of what we are creating, but have waivered in doing this. The images in this project are meant as harbingers of possible futures. They are intended as reminders of the ephemeral nature of the world around us.

 Since I am drawn to the landscapes produced by the action of water this project presents the intertwining of ocean and shore environments as sea level rises. Each image blends two photographs composited in Photoshop. The primary photograph is our current experience. The ghosted photograph represents the reality that change will happen. Each image is not meant to be a scientific thesis, but a metaphor for a possible result of environmental change. My selection of locations to photograph is informed by maps of projected sea level rise of 6 feet, a possibility by 2100. The mapping is visualized online by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.