SHORE DWELLERS

Industrialists, farmers, scientists, policy-makers, NGOs and other groups are engaged in a global dialogue about water: how we use it, how we manage it, how we consume it and commodify it.  Here in Manitoba, the conversations surrounding Lake Winnipeg and its environs are almost always couched in these terms. But will our natural water systems be able to thrive if we only understand them in these instrumental and technocratic ways?

In these photos, some of the images stand as an invitation to stop at the place where earth and water meet, to contemplate and meditate on the boundaries that separate us emotionally and materially from lakes and rivers.  Other images place us into the water itself, either in the shallows or beneath the surface, depicting ordinary moments—reading, sleeping, or simply gazing upwards from an unfamiliar and alien world.