Featured in Bitter Southerner: Common High Ground
Today, the Bitter Southerner published a beautifully written, tragic piece by Spencer George entitled Common High Ground: How Charleston’s Artists are Responding to Climate Change, and I’m honored to have images from my Mean High Water project included throughout the feature. A few months ago, I met Spencer at a coffee shop in Downtown Charleston to discuss the Mean High Water project, my experience as a stormwater engineer, and the flooding challenges we face here in the South Carolina Lowcountry. It’s exciting to see her work published today as part of Better Southerner’s Hell and High Water Series. The timing could not be better - the latest Army Corps report on a surge protection barrier for the Charleston Peninsula was released last Friday, and the public can comment on the plan until October 25th.
Bitter Southerner also just released a Hell and High Water t-shirt, and $5 from every shirt sold will go towards organizations providing relief in the South. Currently, proceeds will go to support those suffering and recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Ida. Check it out in their store!
May 24, 2021
Late April Abord the John F. Kennedy & Andrew J. Barberi
The Staten Island Ferry
Celebrating EarthApril 22, 2021 - Earth Day
Reviewing 2020December 28, 2020
Reviewing my work from 2020 brought back a lot of uneasy feelings, especially as I went through photographs from March to June during the initial uncertainty from COVID-19. It’s really not surprising, as my catalog of photograpy serves as an unintended visual journal, but I didn’t expect the feelings to be so strong. I seemed to start the year in a creative rut, and it took the slower pace of life during ‘lockdown’ to jolt me out of it. Overall, I’m pleased with what I was able to create, document, and accomplish this year. It was a difficult year for so many, and I feel fortunate to be able to share and look back on my growth over the year.
As 2020 closes, I’m selling limited edition prints of Unicorn on Race Street, with all proceeds from the sales going to the Lowcountry Food Bank. If I sell all 25 prints, I’ll be able to donate enough money to feed a family of four for a year and a half.
Observations on Coastal FloodingSeptember 15 & 16, 2020
We’re in the middle of a ‘king tide’ cycle on the southeast coast, and the tides have been running roughly 1-1.5 feet higher than NOAA predictions (although almost exactly matching the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service) in Charleston Harbor. The peaks of the high tides have occured during the evening the past two nights, which allowed me two opportunities to observe and document them. On 9/15, I biked around the Charleston Peninsula, and on 9/16, I remained on Lockwood Drive through the peak of the tide.
The behavior of the tides seems to vary with each event, particularly due to the weather and the winds, and the peak tide observed at the Customs House appears to have occured 20 to 30 minutes after the predicted peak. The behavior of the tides also vary among the river systems, with the Ashley River peaking later than the Cooper River right now. The tides peaked at 8.09 and 7.92 feet MLLW on 9/15 and 9/16, respectively. While this may not seem like a substaintial difference (only 0.17-feet), the impacts along the developed land of the Peninsual are significant. Charleston really is a city at sea level, and these king tides show that it’s a game of inches as to the severity of the flooding from these tides. Thankfully, there was no significant rainfall around the peak of these tides.