National Treasure

By  |  September 20, 2016
Tidal Creek and Fallen Tree. All images © Benjamin Dimmitt Tidal Creek and Fallen Tree. All images © Benjamin Dimmitt

Artist: Benjamin Dimmitt

Project: Chassahowitzka Saltwater Intrusion

Description: For more than thirty years, photographer Benjamin Dimmitt has visited a fragile spring-fed estuary on Florida’s Gulf coast. In this time he has known the dense hardwood forests festooned with moss, the ferns and bromeliads and azure freshwater creeks that inhabit the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. These days, rising sea levels and Governor Rick Scott’s “minimum flow” policies are destroying the estuary’s unique ecosystem. In Chassahowitzka Saltwater Intrusion, Benjamin Dimmitt travels to areas unreachable except by boat and, with high-speed film and a handheld, Dimmitt writes his elegy for this national treasure.


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Benjamin Dimmitt graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and also studied at the International Center of Photography in NYC, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop in Santa Fe, the Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre in Florence, Italy, and the City and Guild Arts School in London, England. He moved to New York City after college and held an adjunct professor position at the International Center of Photography from 2001-2013. He now lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina, and teaches workshops in the Southeast. Benjamin’s photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the School of International Center of Photography, NYC, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. His work is represented by Clayton Galleries in Tampa, and is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, among others. Benjamin’s photographs will be included in Asheville’s photo+sphere festival this fall and in a three-person climate change exhibit at the Southeast Museum of Photography next year.

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