An Unflinching Look: Elegy for Wetlands

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12.2 X 12.28 X 0.79 inches | 3.35 pounds

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About the Author
BENJAMIN DIMMITT is a photographic artist and educator. He is the son of a native Floridian and an artist from New York. A graduate of Eckerd College, Dimmitt was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He continued his studies at the International Center of Photography in New York City and taught there for twelve years. His photographs have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and festivals internationally and are held in multiple major museums and private collections.
Benjamin Dimmitt's An Unflinching Look: Elegy for Wetlands is a compelling expression of ecological grief, bearing witness to loss and devastation within our lifetimes. His powerful documentation of extraordinary climate change is not only important but also a necessary telling of the world in crisis.--Aline Smithson "founder and editor-in-chief of LENSCRATCH"
An Unflinching Look delivers a powerful statement about the future that awaits the upper Florida Gulf Coast peninsula. When viewing Dimmitt's mesmerizing and sobering sees that the future is already here and moving rapidly toward apocalypse.--Jack E. Davis "Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea"
As someone who has lived and photographed along this section of Florida's Gulf Coast from 1986 to the present, I applaud Benjamin Dimmitt's efforts to give visual reference to the environmental devastation that is occurring to the fragile ecology of this strikingly beautiful region. Through his exquisite photographs and recent environmental studies, Dimmitt documents the accelerated rate at which climate change is negatively affecting this area. This publication exhibits how the rise of water levels in the gulf, salt water intrusion, and mass forest die-offs are effecting the ecology of the area but are also changing the aesthetic of a land that was once considered paradise by many.--Todd Bertolaet, photographer "author of Crescent Rivers: Waterways of Florida's Big Bend"
Photographer Benjamin Dimmitt grew up in West Central Florida--loved the bays and the woods and the birds and the fishes. In 1977 he drove to the awesome Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge with his camera. So began decades of taking black-and-white photographs of a natural treasure that, as years passed, changed and changed, and not for the better. People, heed these before-and-after photographs. A once flowing crystal clear river is now unnaturally slow and murky. The hardwood forests, brackish swamps, and bays are hardly recognizable. An Unflinching Look, as Dimmitt calls this important book, documents damage wrought by a compromised aquifer, chemical pollution, and saltwater intrusion made worse by rising seas. Don't look away, Floridians. Don't look away, Americans.--Jeff Klinkenberg "author of Seasons of Real Florida"
A gorgeous, ghostly chronicle of love and loss. Returning for decades to the same forested marshlands of his beloved Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Benjamin Dimmitt lays bare the profound coastal changes already underway in Florida with visceral images that show us what we must fight for--and against. Dimmitt has given us one of the most important visual records of climate change on the Gulf Coast.--Cynthia Barnett "journalist and author of The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans"

"Approaches the climate crisis with raw, unwavering honesty. . . . The images are poignant reminders of the life we've already lost due to the climate crisis and that, while much damage has already been done, there's still more to save."

--Grace Ebert "Colossal"