Louisiana is experiencing the highest rate of coastal erosion in America, losing about one hundred yards of land every thirty minutes. That is a size of a football field every half-hour.
The barrier islands of Southeast Louisiana are some of the youngest and most unstable landforms on earth. They average 5000 years in age, and are rapidly changing shape and disappearing due to the man-altered flow of the Mississippi delta. Timbalier Island, for example, averaged 20m/year towards Northwest, during the last century (U.S. geological survey). During the early 1800's most of the barrier islands served as the summer resorts to Louisiana's upper crust. In 1856 a devastating hurricane hit Isle Dernieres causing great loss of life and property, nearly splitting the island in half. Since then more than a dozen major storms, including Katrina, changed the geography of the coast. Today, all except Grand Isle are sand bars with a little more than skeletal remnants of industry.
These Islands represent the "First Line of Defense" against such hurricanes. Our, often adversarial relationship with the world outside ultimately reveals our inability to adapt to the natural process. We stop the flooding of rivers by building levees, yet that destroys the wetlands that protect us from storm surges. These photographs set out to illustrate the results of such failed relations.
Iteration, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Trinity Camps, Isle Dernieres, Louisiana
Littoral Drift, Raccoon Point, Louisiana
First Oil on the Beach
Malaclemys Terrapin, Raccoon Point, Louisiana
Canal, Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana
Dulac Water Tower, Louisiana
Dry Dock, HWY 56, Louisiana
Gatortours, HWY 90, Louisiana
Oyster Boats, Bayou Petit Caillou, Louisiana
Abandoned Camps, Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana
Oyster Shell Backyard, Bayou Sale, Louisiana
Highway One Overpass, Leeville, Louisiana
Oil on the Rocks, Timbalier Island, Louisiana
Windward Side, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Disappearing Island, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Washed Out Dock, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
What is Revelaled, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Lesser Turn, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Leeward Side, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Largest Pool of Oil, Timbalier Island, Louisiana
Storm Debris, Grand Terre Island, Louisiana
Still, Grand Island Marina, Louisiana
Wet Lab and Dock, Lyle S. St. Amant LWF Lab, Grand Terre, Louisiana
Bulkhead, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Sunrise on Bayou Sale, Louisiana
Fluid Erosion, Isle Dernieres, Louisiana
Horizon, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana
Remnants of Old Camp, Isle Dernieres, Louisiana
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