Imperiled Landscapes

Philip Jessup


Over the past eight years, Jessup has been photographing the potential effects of climate change on wilderness during travel related to his environmental career. As the earth warms up, wilderness areas will be especially at risk. In the Arctic, sea ice is disappearing while Inuit villages sink into muddy ground. Along coastlines, rising seas are inundating wetlands essential to bird migrations and seashore protection. Meanwhile, large rural watersheds are afflicted by recurrent droughts, threatening urban water supplies. Imperiled Landscapes surveys conditions in Pond Inlet on Baffin Island, Mai Po mangrove wetland in Hong Kong, and the Sugarloaf water supply catchment area in wilderness north of Melbourne. All are endangered by global warming. The exhibit offers a window into the wild beauty that we are losing.