North Carolina's coast is a ribbon of barrier islands - thin strands of fragile sand stretching from Virginia to the South Carolina border. Few of these islands are undeveloped - subject only to the effects of wind and ocean currents. Most are inhabited and bear witness to the hand of man.
Those of us who live full time in these dynamic systems experience the ebb and flow of natural, human, and economic fluctuations. Landscapes and communities transform with the seasons as the weather changes and temporary residents come and go. The off season provides us the opportunity for physical, spiritual, and emotional renewal and allows us to prepare for the return of the peak season and that which comes with it.
In this body of work the existence of the human element in the landscape transcends the image from a mere representation of the splendor of nature to a metaphoric experience whose interpretation varies with the unique cultural, historical, and emotional foundations of each individual viewer.
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