Artificial lighting is essential to how we react to space. Whether by coincidence, or clearly designed intention, artificial light informs, evokes, and manipulates the onlooker. My photographs of artificial light look at how illumination influences our perception of a place. I am interested in why light is focused on certain aspects of a location, while others surfaces are left to the dark of night.
I recently went out with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) to photograph the Baltimore Harbor and surrounding areas. We performed multiple tests and sampled the water. Overall, it appears that the state of the bay has improved over the past several years, though the water quality is still poor and visibly contaminated. The area has a long road ahead to get back to the healthy, functional ecosystem it once was. While out on the CBF’s boat, the “Snow Goose,” I photographed some of the bay’s worst polluters (past and present), common bay recreational activities, and area wildlife. I am especially interested in how animals have adapted to years of concentrated industrial activity, and the resulting pollution.
The city of Baltimore was on edge during the final minutes of Super Bowl XLVII. After a smart play call sealed the deal, Ravens fans across the city took over the streets in celebration. Baltimore is a city that has seen more than its share of rough times, making the Ravens’ Super Bowl win that much sweeter. The following photographs were taken as celebrating fans flooded Charles Street in midtown Baltimore, eventually prompting Baltimore police to close off the street entirely.
Along the coast at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, North Carolina, both temporary and permanent seawalls have been constructed to protect ocean-front properties. This method of slowing erosion and prolonging the life of selective beach property is controversial, as experts say that structures such as sandbags solely protect the areas behind them, and exacerbate the damage and erosion elsewhere. These particular photos were taken in front of a Kure Beach property called The Riggings. The shore in front of The Riggings has been negatively impacted by an adjacent rock seawall built to protect the historic Civil War site, Fort Fisher. The extreme erosion evident at Fort Fisher shows that whenever a coastline is altered by the addition of structures, damage is simply diverted, rather than prevented. To see the source of much of this post, and learn more about coastal erosion in North Carolina, check out this Legal Tides post.