Photos Reveal Hidden Secrets as Habitat Recovers from Hurricane
Barry Fellman’s new large format prints from his ongoing, multi-year project, Mangrove Coast, are now on exhibit at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The photos explore the rejuvenation of the shoreline areas hard hit by Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago. They reveal the unexpected beauty, rhythms and patterns of South Florida’s spectacular mangrove habitats.
The exhibition is on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct 15th, 2017.
Barry Fellman has been photographing the realm of marine life around South Florida’s mangroves for over 25 years, since Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida. His photographs of the Biscayne Bay coastline share his thrill of investigation through the element of surprise and the excitement of discovery.
Fellman’s images seduces you, inviting you closer to understand them. As you approach they clarify into familiar forms of sea grasses and shells, while basic notions of scale and distance remain a mystery until your nose is nearly pressed against the photograph. You then realize you are looking at a wondrous and fantastic view of the shoreline by the beach.
Says Fellman, “The elements that make up this zone between sea and land are rich and diverse. They are constantly changing and are a continuing source of inspiration. They challenge me to reinvent the way I see, much as they reinvent the way they assemble themselves after each change in tide.”
These images portray the spirit of place by connecting with our own appreciation of the natural environment. Fellman’s aim is to strengthen these connections which are crucial to preserving the mangrove habitat, the lynchpin of our community’s natural landscape.
The mangrove ecosystem provides shoreline protection and serves as the economic base for the recreational and commercial activities that have made our County prosper. It recycles nutrients and is the breeding and feeding grounds for hundreds of species, nurturing a wide range of marine life, amphibians, birds, and mammals.
Barry Fellman has served as curator of photography at institutions in Miami and New York and is currently director of Miami’s Center for Visual Communication. His photographs have been exhibited at museums and public venues in South Florida and nationally. He is a Silver Knight awardee and is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.