//// Floodplain ////

 

 

"Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it?"

-- Herman Melville, from Moby Dick (or, The Whale)

 

Monroe

 

Bradford, PA

 

Mt Morris

 

Borders / Upper Falls

 

Family at Warsaw

 

Fishing at Black Rock

 

Smokes Creek, Lackawanna

 

Black Canal in Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 - (ongoing)

 

This series emerged during the time I was working as an information designer on a health advocacy initiative concerning waterways in Western New York and our vulnerable populations. Unconsciously (at first), I found myself lingering at sites where water has been corralled, rererouted, managed, hidden; and then alternately images where water is pooling, building, or even surging through barriers.

 

In part, these images reflect the illusory nature of water management and containment. These practices have certain, clear expediancy for the engineered human ecology, but water itself can only know paths, never boundaries.

 

We're all standing on the same floodplain, and the water is rising.

 

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Archival pigment prints

 

All images are originated on 120 and 4x5 film.