THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE
August 27 - October 26, 2019
The Southeast Museum of Photography presents a fine-art photography show featuring breathtaking landscape photographs of the Pacific Coast Highway, fresh water springs of Central and Northern Florida, and the rugged natural landscapes of the expansive Texas plains. Kirk Crippens, Sharon Harper, and Benjamin Dimmit each present a portfolio of photographs that capture these locales of the American landscape. This exhibition explores climate change not as a primary element of the composition, but as a now inescapable feature of landscape photography.
Crippens most recent project, Going South—published by Schlitt in 2019—will debut at the Southeast Museum of Photography. This portfolio of images was created in the days following the closure of California’s section of State Route 1 due to heavy mudslides. Crippens hiked into Big Sur--as all vehicle traffic was forbidden--and with his large format camera he began to document portions of the road and the surrounding wilderness free of human interaction. The results of his excursion are breathtakingly beautiful imagery, a very distinct light and tone, and an almost apocalyptic sense of loneliness.
Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University refers to her most recent work as “geological surveys” with a focus on the aftermath. Her work investigates natural events as they affect human habitats. The centuries old banyan tree uprooted by increased intensity and frequency of hurricanes, as well as the tonnage of debris left in the wake of these storms. Her aerial landscapes reveal mountainsides scarred by mudslides, and suburbs decimated either from the mud flow or the associated fires and flooding.
For over a decade Dimmitt has photographed the landscape surrounding a freshwater spring in the wilderness of Central Florida. Through this time Dimmitt’s photographs have chronicled the landscape’s turn from freshwater spring to salt water marsh—a result of rising sea levels. Dimmit’s work has a feeling similar to classical paintings—poised, with sharp contrasts of tone, and dramatic emphasis on shape and line. The dying palm trees, slowly slumping over and falling are reminiscent of wounded soldiers depicted in classical works chronicling the fall of Rome.