About Source and Confluence

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The Chesapeake Bay and its watershed extend over parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Chesapeake Bay is the third largest estuary in the world, and its 64,000 square mile watershed is home to approximately 18 million people. In Source and Confluence: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, I am creating a comprehensive photographic survey of this vast historical and ecological treasure by focusing on its river and stream origins and confluences. To date, I’ve photographed approximately 180 sites in 6 states.

Differences in the landscapes surrounding places where rivers and streams originate reveal the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s tremendous range and diversity. Confluences are the points at which waters originating in varied geographies and ecosystems within the watershed meet. They are often historically important in relation to settlement, industry, commerce, transportation and defense, and represent important intersections of nature and culture.

While exploring photographs in this exhibit from your own vantage point, you may wish to reflect on some of the questions guiding my photographic work: How have humans, past and present, used and shaped rivers and streams where they live? How have human attitudes toward water and land been inscribed in the landscape, and how have attitudes changed over time? Can a balance between human interests and natural systems be rediscovered and renewed?

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