Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at The University of Iowa.
For the past year I have been documenting the Santee Coastal Reserve, a Wildlife Management Area operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. This twenty-four thousand acre tract encompass some of the greatest bio-diversity on the east coast.
Subjectively, it’s odd to think of “The South” as somewhere that starts past the edge of Ohio. As a northerner, the Virginias and other surrounding ‘southerly’ states were always somewhat reminiscent of what Ohio has to offer. From the Carolinas, and further south, is where I find the largest differentiations from the north in terms of the landscape both cultural and physical.
This collection represents a small sample of the people and places I’ve discovered during my weekly photo walks in North Carolina. I dedicate time each week to capturing visual moments and documenting their place in history.