Gold 2017 / Editorial / Environmental

Sea Level Rise: Visualizing Climate Change

  • Photographer
    Carrie and Eric Tomberlin

Situated in the world’s largest river delta, Bangladesh is considered to be amongst the world’s most vulnerable populations to the effects of climate change. Like New Orleans and Amsterdam, Bangladesh is at sea level, making it susceptible to seasonal storms and rising seas which are exacerbated by global warming. Though facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, the Bangladeshi are not merely coping but adapting utilizing community - based adaptations which provide an example of how the rest of the world needs to take action locally, nationally, and internationally. Having photographed environmental issues for many years, we find images for visualizing climate change limited due to the gradual and elusive nature of the problem. To combat this challenge, in our photographs we collect a range of time and collapse it into a singular allegorical narrative. Paralleling environmental issues, the accumulation of time reveals the reality of the situation more clearly than any individual moment.

Carrie Tomberlin is an artist and educator based in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Through her photography she has explored topics including ageism, consumer culture, and climate change. Carrie’s work is regularly exhibited nationally and internationally. Prior to her career as an educator, she worked with several non-profit organizations including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Carrie received her MFA in photography from Clemson University and currently teaches photography and visual culture at University of North Carolina Asheville.