Archaeology of Water

By  |  September 8, 2015
All photographs by John Lusk Hathaway All photographs by John Lusk Hathaway

Artist: John Lusk Hathaway

Project: Steady Is the Tide

Description: In Steady Is the Tide, John Lusk Hathaway documents scenes that reflect humankind’s relationship to nature and water. The series is inspired by a line in Ron Rash’s book Nothing Gold Can Stay: “Water has its own archaeology, not a layering but a leveling, and thus is truer to our sense of the past, because what is memory but near and far events spread and smoothed beneath the present’s surface.”


John Lusk Hathaway was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and he received his MFA from East Tennessee State University in May 2012. He is currently a lecturer of photography at The College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC.

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. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.