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Artist's 'Coastal Waterways' exhibit captures eroding wetlands

SUSAN GUICE 
 Guice's exhibit will display a collection of aerial photographs of coastal waterways in South Mississippi.
SUSAN GUICE Guice's exhibit will display a collection of aerial photographs of coastal waterways in South Mississippi.

William Carey University will host a collection of aerial photographs that combine artistry and concern for our coastal environment Tuesday night.

"Coastal Waterways" by Susan Guice features photographs illustrating the impact man has on the Mississippi and Louisiana waterways. Guice will discuss her work during a reception and presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of June.

The exhibit is a compilation of work that began in 2007, and the photos were collected over approximately 2,000 flight hours. The images Guice shot with her Nikon digital SLR camera have not been altered or manipulated. "Susan Guice's aerial photography gives us not only images of nature with exquisite vibrance, but also a unique perspective on man's impact on the coastal waterways where we live," said Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition campus art department, in a press release.

"These wetlands are disappearing so rapidly that the image you see may already be gone," Guice said.

Nearly 2,000 square miles of the coastal wetlands have disappeared since 1932. "What was once a vibrant nursery for seafood, an unequaled habitat for wildlife, and protective barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans is now merely the skeletal remains of its former self," she said.

"Enjoy these photos as you would a rainbow after a thunderstorm. One day they will be a reminder of what was," she said.

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