Our newest Affiliated Artist is Laura Walsh, a Southcoast diver and surfer who uses film to capture the sublimity of local breaks. Read the Q&A below to get to know the newest artist in the Alliance family!
Climate Science Alliance (Alliance): How would you describe your photography?
Laura Walsh (Laura): I shoot film photos of the coast that focus on what I think we love about it most — it’s purity, limitlessness, dynamism, and power. I am most focused on the way light reflects on water and the flow of color between water and air. Although my photos are intended to celebrate the purity of the ocean, I often include people who have a positive relationship with the ocean. I think people are generally aware and saddened by the tensions modern society has with the ocean, and this is a way of recognizing that people and coastlines still have positive commensal relationships.
Alliance: Your work focuses on the coastline — what is your relationship with it?
Laura: I am a surfer and diver so my relationship with the coast is one of dependence. I also research water quality and work in coastal adaptation planning, so a lot of my professional work centered around the fact that society is often at conflict with the ocean; this is especially characterized by climate change. I think it’s important we remember that the ocean has been able to retain so much natural complexity and intrinsic beauty.
Alliance: When/why did you begin using photography to communicate?