|Tidelines: Photographs of Ben Depp
|10/14/2023 - 5/19/2024
|Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS, 39564
|Ocean Springs, MS
|Monday - Saturday: 11:00AM - 5:00PM / Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
|free - $10
|Soft light washes over marsh grasses as the sun crests the horizon. The inky black of the sea contrasts against a dead tree’s white, skeletal body resting in the salt water. Ripples and undulations of sediment are pushed and pulled by the tides, creating patterns that can only be seen from a thousand feet in the air. This is the perspective of the Southern landscape that Ben Depp captures in his artwork. The artist has spent a decade photographing the disappearing wetlands of the Gulf South from a paraglider, seeking out the places where the land is steadily being absorbed and reclaimed by the sea. Join Depp in the sky and connect to these remote Southern wetlands as never before. The southernmost areas of Mississippi and Louisiana have one of the highest rates of sea level rise in the world, putting vulnerable low-lying lands—and the people who live there—in danger of disappearing beneath the waves. Depp’s work acts as a kind of memorial to our quickly vanishing terra firma—photographic documents that are equal parts beauty and loss. Depp’s work invites viewers to see changing climate from the perspective of the birds, and to consider the importance of these Southern wetlands to all manner of intertwined ecosystems.