Florida’s Changing Waters: A Beautiful World in Peril

Florida’s Changing Waters: A Beautiful World in Peril
By Lynne Buchanan Essays by Jason M. Evans and Robert L. Knight George F. Thompson Publishing April 2019
“Captivating,” “beautifully rendered,” and “a must-have for environmentalists and conservationists.”
Publisher’s Weekly

Lynne Buchanan began photographing rivers to create artistic records of her connection with water and the lessons she learned from rivers about being in the present moment and aligning with the flow of life. The more time she spent photographing waterways in her native Florida, the more she noticed what was being damaged and lost due to human impact. She resolved to work with water and environmental advocates, from members of the Waterkeeper organization to Native American activists fighting to preserve the integrity of their ancestral lands and drinking water and to draw attention to the situation through her photography.

The result is Changing Waters, which documents the negative effects of climate change, agricultural pollution, population and urban growth, and land development on Florida’s inland and coastal waters and springs. Though her work is very place specific, it reveals the interconnected and global nature of our environmental problems. Indeed, Florida, with its fragile springs, wetlands, and coastal waters, can be considered a tragic and powerful example of what is happening and will continue to happen to aquatic systems elsewhere in the nation and the world as a result of unchecked industrialization and human-caused climate change. Her images invite viewers to consider their personal relationship to water and encourage better stewardship of this vital––and finite––resource. They are also a call to action to find effective ways to preserve these waterways for both their natural beauty and their essential role in our survival.

Lynne Buchanan’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, the Fogartyville Arts and Media Center in Sarasota, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts,

Brickworks Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance since 2013.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his work with Riverkeepers on behalf of New York’s Hudson River, has been a tireless defender of the environment across the Americas and beyond for more than 30 years. He is currently senior counsel to Waterkeepers Alliance, which operates throughout the United States and in more than 130 countries. He is the author of five books.

Robert L. Knight, Ph.D is an environmental scientist/systems ecologist with more than thirty-five years of experience as an aquatic and wetlands ecologist in Florida. He is the founder and director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, which is co-located with the North Florida Springs Environmental Center in High Springs, Florida.

Jason M. Evans, Ph.D is an interdisciplinary systems and landscape ecologist and assistant professor of landscape and environmental studies at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He is currently working with local governments along the southeastern U.S. coast on sea level rise adaptation. He also has extensive experience in the ecology, management and restoration of Florida springs ecosystems.

Nominated for Aperture Foundation’s First PhotoBook Award as well as Best Book in Ecology/Environment with Foreword Indies!

“With unspoken irony, Lynne Buchanan’s photographs expose the toxic destruction of Florida’s inland waters and coastal areas in a devastating indictment of unrestrained industrialization and reckless development.

Lynne has crisscrossed the state to find and bear witness to the devastation that we might see, understand, and be moved to action to remediate the situation in this state, which is a bellwether for the rest of the country.” –Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.