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Anderson Wrangle
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

I was fifteen, and my mother and I were driving down the length of the Outer Banks. I stood on the thin sliver of white sand, amidst susurrating grass, staring out at blue sea and sky. It was serene, and difficult to take in. I held that memory for thirty years, and then I felt a need to make photographs of this distant, changeable landscape.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a place at an extreme limit of geographic possibility, one which is threatened by rising seas due to climate change, and which is hampered in its natural capacity for regrowth by development. This is a landscape, and environment, which are almost not there, and these photographs describe this fragile, liminal environment of the barrier islands.

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