Into the Waves and the Mangroves
2018, High School, Art
Climate change is a global phenomenon that has caused the rise of sea levels, ocean temperatures, and atmospheric warming; which in turn has generated the melting of polar ice caps and loss of marine biodiversity. Of great importance, it has significantly impacted the habitats found along Florida’s coastline and the Everglades. Specifically, mangrove and cypress swamps have been affected by high water events, ocean circulation patterns, and carbon-dioxide concentrations. Through my exploration of climate change, I attempted to show its implications by photographing nature reserves found within Key Biscayne and Virginia Key of South Florida. I chose these two areas not only due to their close proximity to my hometown of Miami, but also because these landmarks are commonly visited by people like myself. As I progressed more into this investigation, I came to realize that my main objective for this project was to demonstrate how climate change is common and rampant even at a local level. With this in mind, I aimed to create awareness and to compel others within my local community to care about issues regarding climate change and the environment. The artwork within my submission displays rushing waves and foaming saltwater that surround the poking roots and trunks of black mangrove trees. Creating a serene and peaceful sensation, this photograph conveys a strong connection between augmented sea elevations and the accelerated “drowning” of swamps/marshes.