This photo was taken on one of the barrier islands that hangs onto the coast after much effort has been made to protect it so that it may serve its economic role in protecting the infrastructure on the Mississippi River. These islands, so abundant with natural life are often overlooked by naturalists because of their inaccessibility. Located near Scofield Bay, this island appears to have many names on many maps and I was able to access it under sail and oar leaving Buras, about 10 miles north.
I was born and raised in the Western half of the beautiful state of Kentucky. I migrated to Louisiana about ten years ago at the urging of my dear friend who was raised in a magical little Cajun village. As a story teller, Louisiana was beyond inspiring. I remember spending my first Easter in the swamp by Vermillion River for a crawfish boil, we paddled out into the cypress trees in dark green pirogues before getting lost in a rain storm. I made one of my favorite photos to date while we were lost out there. The people and landscapes here continue to inspire my work. Today my work is a mix of film and digital photography from personal projects and magazine assignments and it is almost all centered around the my own need or my client's need to tell a story. I've taken up sailing and rowing traditional boats to explore in an effort to be more aligned with traditional craft and get further away from plastics and big oil.BYWATER
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