Everglades: Outside and Within

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"The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness left in the continental United States. It was established as a national park in 1934 when the National Park Service set aside approximately 2,355 of the estimated 5,000 square miles comprising the original Everglades. Today, the national park is a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance. The park even includes a former Nike Missile Site that is now listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places." "More than one million people visit the ...

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"The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness left in the continental United States. It was established as a national park in 1934 when the National Park Service set aside approximately 2,355 of the estimated 5,000 square miles comprising the original Everglades. Today, the national park is a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance. The park even includes a former Nike Missile Site that is now listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places." "More than one million people visit the park annually, but the landscape they see today is vastly different from the one they would have seen when Florida became a state in 1845. Few visitors realize that, for nearly a century and a half, the state and federal governments have constructed drainage canals and ditches to redirect some 1.7 billion gallons of water per day toward the Atlantic and Gulf coasts in order to support agricultural pursuits and large-scale urban and suburban development. The ensuing conflicts over water and the "best" use of land - and the ongoing choices between conservation, restoration, and desecration - have led to a curious blending of natural and human landscapes that are both outside and within Everglades National Park and other nature preserves." "Shortly after reading The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, Marion Belanger headed south with a Guggenheim Fellowship in hand, to discover for herself what the writer had seen and so vividly captured in prose. Belanger went to the Everglades to find wilderness, because that is what a traditional national park is supposed to promote. instead she found a puzzling dichotomy: visually, it is often hard to knowwhether one is outside or within a "natural" sanctuary, thus blurring the lines between what is natural and what is not." Although Belanger remains the curious observer, it becomes apparent that the Everglades is an environment not meant for human touch. In her photographic sequence, we see the pull between commerce and human enterprise and the need for boundless wilderness. Ultimately, we are reminded that nature and culture are inseparably intertwined.

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"Belanger's is the first study which looks at the Everglades as a whole, not just the national park, but an expansive landscape, from Lake Okeechobee down to Florida Bay, and including the Nike Missile Site, water control management systems, and voracious land development. The entire region is now a 'built' environment of highly managed parks, canals, and sugar cane and citrus agriculture. Informed by her intuition and mindful of the delicacy of atmosphere in the low, flat plain of the Everglades, Belanger's photographs deftly capture this unique and challenging environment."--Verna Posever Curtis, Curator of Photography, Library of Congress

"An exquisitely tragic portrait of one of the United States' most unique living systems. Belanger has captured both the unique beauty of the Everglades and the damage that has been visited upon those grassy waters. Her focus on the boundary between that which is outside and within the lands designated as a national park is poignantly imaged in a direct and perceptive vision."--Martha A. Strawn, author of Alligators, Prehistoric Presence in the American Landscape

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Marion Belanger teaches at Wesleyan University. Her photographs are in numerous collections, including the Corcoran Museum of Art, International Center of Photography, and Library of Congress. In addition to a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was an artist-in-residence at Everglades National Park.
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Table of Contents


Introduction by Susan Orlean
The Plates
Notes about the Everglades
List of Plates
Acknowledgments
About the Author and the Essayist
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