Cumberland Island is a collaborative project, begun In August of 2016, with Photographer Christa Bowden , and Sound Artist/Sculptor Ernesto R. Gómez. Our first weeklong stay on the island coincided with the centennial of the National Park System and was the first of many annual trips we intend to make to this southernmost barrier island off the coast of Georgia.
August 2018 marked our third and most recent expedition to the island, which is roughly the size of Manhattan. In the past three years, we have developed our own working methods and interests in regard to the island’s characteristics, and have found certain common themes emerging in our work. I am using this site as a way of organizing my images into a few of the themes that the three of us have found in common: Water and Tides, Wind and Rhythm, Death and Struggle, Ruins and Artifacts. Within these categories, my particular interest lies in the island’s unique natural beauty—its brilliant colors as illustrated through sunrises and sunsets over the water, as well as the lasting remains of past histories: preserved and crumbling Carnegie family mansions, traces of cotton plantations and slave cabins, and the African Methodist Church built by freed slaves who lived on a reservation on the north side of the island post-Civil War.
The documentations the three of us are making cannot be seen as mere reflections on history and beauty. Cumberland Island is threatened by climate change. Temperatures and sea levels are rising; droughts, floods and storms are gaining in intensity. The images and recordings that we make may become a document of lost historic sites, and inundated landscapes. This knowledge adds urgency to our project and drives our desire to exhibit and publish the work as a lasting document. The first exhibition of this work will be held at Washington and Lee University in January of 2020.
Photographs are scanned from 120 film. Fuji Velvia and Ilford FP4/HP5.