Tide Lines, Photography of Ben Depp
Southern Louisiana, once formed by sediment deposited by the Mississippi River, is now rapidly eroding. Over the past eighty years, Louisiana has lost 2,000 square miles of wetlands, accounting for ninety percent of the coastal marsh loss in the US.
Louisiana's eroding wetlands provide a natural barrier from hurricanes and storm surges that protects seventy percent of the state's population. They also support the largest commercial fishing grounds in the lower 48 US states, and provide crucial habitat for many endangered and threatened species of birds and animals.
This work is part of Ben Depp's ongoing project documenting the rapidly shifting landscape of southern Louisiana. He has been flying above the bayous and wetlands of southern Louisiana in a powered paraglider for six years, photographing visual clues that tell the story of this place and its destruction.