Emerging Photography Contender: Bryan Thomas

For The Sea In The Darkness Calls, Brooklyn-based photographer Bryan Thomas documents live along the Florida coast in the wake of irreversible damage done by climate change, forcing us to face the cost we all must bear as members of the human species. 

Fort Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Fort Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Writes Thomas in his Artist Statement, “In 2014, research teams studying climate change came to the saddening conclusion: The decline of the West Antarctic ice sheet had become irreversible. While the world argued about climate change's consequences, these researchers discovered that a potential consequence had quietly become an inescapable fate. The West Antarctic ice sheet would melt. Sea levels would rise. People’s lives would forever be changed. Life, as we knew it, was now past ‘the point of no return.’” 

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach

“When the ice sheet collapses, sea levels will rise by as much as 9 feet and Florida’s population living below sea level will increase by 3.95 million. In a state where three-quarters of Florida’s 18 million residents live within coastal communities that generate four-fifths of its economy, how had this information charged the landscape? How does life continue, let alone thrive, in an environment whose future has been so gravely foretold?”

All images © Bryan Thomas

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