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Matthew D. White, The Gulf Coast Project Photographs of the American Gulf Coast

Fine Art Photographic Documentary and Book of the U.S. Gulf Coast Region from the mouth of the Rio Grande at the US/Mexico border in south Texas, to the Florida Keys including Dry Tortugas.

Expedition Dates Summer – Fall, 2012


Spanning 1700 miles, encompassing over 70 diverse coastal locations, and featuring sparse dunes, surf, landscapes, nautical landmarks, remote waterways, swamps, chenier plains and quaint coastal towns, the goal of this project is to provide a snapshot in time of the American Gulf Coast as seen through the photographer’s lens. While there are existing photographs of various locations within the Gulf Coast region, this is an attempt to capture the spellbinding beauty and unique genus loci of the entire U.S. Gulf Coast as a single, focused, timeless, enduring, and cohesive collection of fine art photographs captured in one short season. To date, there is no single comprehensive fine art photographic documentary of the U.S. Gulf Coast Southern Coastal Plain below 30 degrees N. and particularly the more remote, southernmost locations bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Principle photography is slated to begin in Texas and will move west to east from there - if at all possible weather and other factors considering. Considering weather factors, the timeline is flexible - however, the photographs will be shot in the summer and fall of 2012. If inclement weather does not permit photography in one location, Matthew will reschedule and shoot a different locale. This flexible schedule will ensure that the photographs are taken at the most optimal time and in the ideal conditions for each location. This is in no way intended to serve as a provincial travelogue or commercial guide to the US Gulf Coast; rather, the results will depict a deeply personal vision of the coast as seen through the eyes of an artist whose intimate fine art landscape documentation of coastal Louisiana featuring rare, iconic photographs of remote coastal landscapes, landmarks and waterways seldom seen by outsiders (including some now vanished) is one of the largest, most extensive collections of its kind. While the expedition is underway “The Gulf Coast Project Website” will serve as a “behind the scenes” communications tool as well as a visual record and timeline through an interactive virtual GeoDocumentary that combines maps, multimedia, narrative, and social sharing to inform and engage the public as well as to track progress. Geo-Documentaries are like map-enabled slideshows that incorporate dynamic maps, pictures, video and sound, with captions, links and social networking to engage viewers with places and topics they care about. When the documentary is complete, the photographs will be published in a large format book. To inquire about publishing rights contact Margaret Saizan via msaizan@gmail.com or by phone at 225.229.7399 For examples of Matthew White’s imagery as well as his approach to photographing coastal locations, please see the “Projects” portfolio at his website at http://matthewwhitestudio.com There are a number of ways for the public to sponsor, endorse and/or be part of The Gulf Coast Project experience. To find out more, please see the project website at http://gulfcoastproject.gulfcoastrising.net/


Locations

TEXAS Mouth of Rio Grande at US/Mexico Border Padre Island Port Mansfield Port Aransas Matagorda Matagorda Island Port O’Connor San Bernard NWR Galveston Island Galveston Bolivar Peninsula High Island McFaddin Beach Sabine Sabine Pass Port Arthur LOUISIANA Cameron Parish Holly Beach Cameron Vermilion Parish Freshwater City Cheniere au Tigre Marsh Island SWR Weeks Island Cypremort Point/Vermilion Bay Isles Dernieres Cocodrie Mississippi River Delta/Passes Biloxi Marsh/St. Bernard Parish Chandeleur Islands/Breton NWR Grand Isle Port Fourchon

MISSISSIPPI

Waveland Bay St. Louis Gulfport Biloxi Ocean Springs Pascagoula ALABAMA Bayou la Batre Dauphin Island Mobile Bay Gulf Shores Orange Beach FLORIDA Gulf Islands National Seashore/Fort Pickens Santa Rosa Island Destin/Fort Walton Seaside/Walton County Panama City Area Mexico Beach St. Jospeh Peninsula Apalachicola St. Vincent Island St. George Island St. Marks NWR Suwannee Pine Island Horseshoe Beach Rural Taylor and Dixie Counties Steinhatchee Keaton Beach


Matthew White - Bio

Matthew White began photography as a teenager in upstate New York, and taught himself traditional printing and technique using Ansel Adams’ three-part series of instructional books. He also holds a master’s degree in music from the University of New Orleans – a summa cum laude graduate in Jazz Studies. In addition to his work in photography, he also teaches courses on music history, art and aesthetics at the collegiate level. He has been photographing Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast since 2000 and lives in New Orleans. EXHIBITIONS:

PhotoNola, New Orleans, 2009, 2011 Prospect.2, New Orleans 2011 Grand Isle Juried Art Exhibition, 2005-2011, (Award of Excellence, 2010) Wealth Planners Gallery, Baton Rouge 2010 Cameron Parish Libraries, Cameron 2010 Calcasieu Parish Libraries, Sulphur, 2010 Print Center International Competition, Philadelphia PA, 2008 LONG TERM WORK:

The Louisiana Collection -- fine arts documentation of all locations in south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Shot alternately in 35mm black-and-white and large-scale color digital. South Florida Unseen -- Landscapes tracing limits of urban sprawl and agricultural areas along the Everglades water flow from Belle Glade south to Key Largo. The End of the Great River - This extensive collection of fine art landscape images documents the Mississippi River Delta, from Port Sulphur in Plaquemines Parish south to the end of the three passes that drain the river into the Gulf of Mexico -- Pass a Loutre; South Pass; and Southwest Pass.

CONTACT: Margaret Saizan, The Gulf Coast Project msaizan@gmail.com 225-229-7399

The Gulf Coast Project Prospectus  

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