Photography that makes a difference.™
This project examines the consequences of greed and neglect in relation to both the loss of vital wetlands in the lower coastal parishes of Louisiana and the health of people living in close proximity to oil refineries along the Mississippi River. The foremost factor compromising the welfare of these regions and their citizens remains our insatiable demand for petroleum products and the irresponsible methods by which that demand is satisfied.
My intention is to create a comprehensive portrait of each of the coastal parishes containing threatened wetland areas. In so doing, I hope to expand the dialog regarding our dependence on oil while honoring the dignity of individuals photographed.
In many instances, the communities I am focusing on have been so jeopardized that demise is all but inevitable. What is the value of acknowledging this loss and how might attention to the privation of former homelands be of interest to future generations?
Terri Garland received both BFA and MFA degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute. She teaches photography at San Jose City College.
As a graduate student, she began an examination of white supremacist culture that spanned over two decades, photographing individuals within various self-professed racist organizations.
Since the storms of 2005, she has divided her time between Louisiana and Mississippi, photographing communities that are imperiled and often overlooked by those in positions of power.
Her photographs are held in numerous collections and she has received a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship, a Silicon Valley Arts Council Grant and a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region
Photographer: Alasdair Turner
We have entered a time when places the least near us beckon us to understand them, to feel them so that while we tred on our part of the Earth they are constantly with us and with our choices. Ross Island and the McMurdo Sound Region and the science being conducted there embody what is left of our critical and fragile ecosystems and our attempts to understand them. They are not land for a nation but a place for the world. This project is intended to emotionally and scientifically engage citizens of every nation about why this place and the incredible science that is being conducted there matters. It will give life to and investigate the science of the region from the earliest expeditions to today’s ongoing research.
Between River and Sea
Photographer: Michael Hanson
Between River and Sea focuses on life in and around Apalachicola, FL. For over a century, an independent, hand-built industry has drifted through the shallow waters of the Apalachicola Bay. This bay, one of the most productive and unique ecosystems in the country, once produced 10% of the nation’s oysters and 90% of Florida's. Today, only a handful of oystermen have work and this community struggles to maintain its tradition and livelihood. Oysters need a mix of freshwater and saltwater. They depend on this balance but the freshwater coming down the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Basin has been drastically cut short by a series of dams and overuse in Georgia and Alabama. As droughts persist alongside a constant pressure from a major metropolitan city at the headwaters, the Apalachicola Bay clings to a trickle of water. The project aims to connect users throughout the watershed and expose what's at the end of the river. It also aims to celebrate the bay and a lifestyle that revolves around the perfect mix of fresh and salt water.
Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken
Photographer: Bruce Farnsworth
Forgotten on the Bakken illustrates the environmental and cultural impacts of fracking, an industry now underway in 20 states. This project begins on the northern great plains but is representative of experiences throughout fracking country. Traditions of open space and agrarian livelihoods have been disrupted by a flurry of activities associated with the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry. North Dakota—situated on the Bakken geologic formation—is now the second highest oil-producing state in the nation.