Salt Pond Topographies

18 images Created 8 Feb 2016

Photographer Barbara Boissevain recontextualizes urban and natural landscapes into abstract photographs. A Silicon Valley native, she uses photography to highlight environmental issues in the region.

These aerial shots are of industrial salt ponds that have existed in the San Francisco Bay since the1800's and are characterized by environmentalists as having taken away the lungs of the Bay. Currently they are a part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, the largest wetland restoration program in the United States. Over the course of the next sixty years, these salt ponds will go back to their natural state. When complete, this massive conservation project will restore over 15,000 acres to a rich mosaic of tidal wetlands and other habitats.

Boissevain uses a vivid, yet abstract visual language to cultivate awareness and provoke meaningful discourse about environmental stewardship. As the dramatic changes in the Bay continue, she will add to this series, by documenting the increasing biodiversity from the ground as well as from the air over the coming decades
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