Tint: Water Is Not Blue
As a mirror of its environment, water is only as visible as the sky above or ground below. Its color changes with weather, wind, and the time of day. And, all water is not equal. Around New Orleans, brackish Gulf of Mexico water is filtered through a long chain of wetlands and estuaries, fresh rainwater and groundwater is pumped into canals across the city, and the sediment-laden water of the Mississippi River flows above almost everthing else in sight. The result is a surprising spectrum, a dizzying array of rich colors.
Some of these photographs are from grand places like Bayou St. John, which curls into New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain, a setting for magnificent sunsets, jumping fish, and locals slowly paddling past in canoes. Others are from modest places, like the huge puddles that emerge after torrential Louisiana rainstorms and flood the unlucky visitor’s car. Still others are from forgotten places, like a broken sewer line neglected long enough to support opportunistic curb-side ecosystems of water-loving plants and tiny frogs.
New Orleans’ destiny is divined in the water. To glimpse our future, we must first see beyond blue.
In collaboration with Andy Sternad. Tint was part of Shallow’s exhibition of work at the Vandeventer Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri in April, 2012.