12 Feb 2015

Capturing America’s Disappearing Rivers (19 Pics)

Some people are just born for their jobs. Ansley West Rivers makes use of her aptly-given surname by creating portraits of various rivers across the nation. However, it’s not just strictly portfolio work; with her photos, Rivers hopes to bring awareness to America’s disappearing bodies of water, so she captures lakes and rivers through various stages of evaporation. Employing a splicing technique, she is able to show these bodies of water in their past, present and future stages. Rivers lives us with this thought: what we see now is not what we will always have.
Rayonier Plant, Altamaha River,
 Ciebola Wildlife Refuge & Irrigation Ditch, Colorado River
 Quechen Reservation, Yuma, Colorado River,

Rivers’ work highlights how time, industrial activity and climate change can and are affecting bodies of water. “We stand at a precipice in the history of water,” Rivers says in her artist statement. “How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of fresh water.”

Focusing on seven main rivers in the United States, The Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha and the Hudson River, she started putting together the “Seven Rivers” project in 2011.
 Central Valley, Tuolumne River,
 Cypress Trees, Altamaha River,

A visit to the Grand Canyon inspired Ansley’s project, saying that “I recognized the loss of water, land and culture inflicted upon the Colorado River. I realized the importance of watersheds as maps for they tell the story of civilization past and present as well as the landscape. This experience inspired my investigation into the current state of American rivers.”
 Disappearing Trees, Altamaha River,

 Grand Valley Diversion Dam,
 Missouri River, Cascade MT
 Moody Forrest, Altamaha River
 O’Shaughnessy Dam, Tuolumne River
  Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, Altamaha River
 Water Wheel Falls, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, CA
  Colorado River, Lake Havasu AZ,
 Tuolumne River, Yosemite Wilderness, CA,
 Headwaters of the Colorado River, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
 Confluence of the Missouri River, MT
  Havasu Springs Resort, Lake Havasu AZ
  Pelican Point, Missouri River, Hardy MT
 Tuolumne River at Glen Aulin, Yosemite Wilderness, CA, 


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