Return to Balance

By  |  March 14, 2017
Control burn No. 1, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida 2013. All images © Dylan Johnston Control burn No. 1, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida 2013. All images © Dylan Johnston

Artist: Dylan Johnston

Project: On the Hunt

Description: At the beginning of 2013, a contest in the Florida Everglades opened, allowing the public hunting of invasive Burmese pythons. Hunters from across the country descended on the Florida wetlands in search of the prey. (Steve Featherstone wrote about the hunt for the Oxford American in his feature article “Snakelandia.”) In the last two decades, these pythons have slowly taken over the area, endangering the population of native species. The hunters came equipped with guns, knives, snake sticks, bikes, motor vehicles, and boats, and photographer Dylan Johnston found himself driving miles of dirt roads through South Florida on a weekly basis, looking for them. On the Hunt documents that many of these python hunters had come, not for bragging rights, but for the chance to help preserve the region’s delicate ecosystem.


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dylan Johnston has several years of experience working on professional shoots both in studio and on location for all mediums. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, though his love of adventure started at a young age, fishing off the coast of Florida with his father, exploring small towns with friends.