sea level rise killing tree kent island maryland climate change

sea level rise killing tree kent island maryland climate change
woman's house damaged from hurricane sandy climate change

woman’s house damaged from hurricane sandy climate change
Hoopersville road flooded high tide sea level rise

Hoopersville road flooded high tide sea level rise
Phil Jackson muskrat trapper blackwater sea level rise climate change

Phil Jackson muskrat trapper blackwater sea level rise climate change
tide lines in the sand sea level rise

tide lines in the sand sea level rise
Crisfield emergency meeting on sea level rise

Crisfield emergency meeting on sea level rise
Woman wants to leave crisfield because of sea level rise

Woman wants to leave crisfield because of sea level rise
flooding from sea level rise damages crops

flooding from sea level rise damages crops
seaguls prey on oyster shells in crisfield

seaguls prey on oyster shells in crisfield
decoy ducks in a garage

decoy ducks in a garage
miss crustacean crisfield maryland

miss crustacean crisfield maryland
black rat snake in blackwater national wildlife refuge

black rat snake in blackwater national wildlife refuge
clearing a downed tree after storm in crisfield

clearing a downed tree after storm in crisfield
living shoreline kent island sea level rise

living shoreline kent island sea level rise
waterfowl bird caller

waterfowl bird caller
control burn on the marsh blackwater national wildlife refuge

control burn on the marsh blackwater national wildlife refuge
ship captain

ship captain
aerial image of marsh affected by sea level rise

aerial image of marsh affected by sea level rise
watermen fixing nets in Hoopers Island Maryland

watermen fixing nets in Hoopers Island Maryland
Chesapeake bay maryland

Chesapeake bay maryland
graveyard on Hoopersville affected by sea level rise

graveyard on Hoopersville affected by sea level rise
photos of watermen

photos of watermen
muskrat trapper with muskrat

muskrat trapper with muskrat
oyster shucker at packing plant

oyster shucker at packing plant
bug stuck in picture frame

bug stuck in picture frame
Luther living across from church affected by sea level rise

Luther living across from church affected by sea level rise
muskrat trapper walking on the marsh in blackwater NWR maryland

muskrat trapper walking on the marsh in blackwater NWR maryland
empty streets in Crisfield

empty streets in Crisfield
apron from oyster shucker

apron from oyster shucker
smoke break while oyster shucking

smoke break while oyster shucking
crab picking contest crisfield maryland

crab picking contest crisfield maryland
hotel room crisfield maryland

hotel room crisfield maryland
miss crustacean beauty pageant crisfield maryland

miss crustacean beauty pageant crisfield maryland
dorchester church affected by sea level rise

dorchester church affected by sea level rise
woman dealing with sea level rise

woman dealing with sea level rise
aerial of marsh hurt by sea level rise and climate change

aerial of marsh hurt by sea level rise and climate change
flooding from sea level rise and climate change

flooding from sea level rise and climate change

Human nature, or perhaps American nature, prevents us from dwelling too long on events that are unsettling. A dramatic natural disaster will capture our attention, inspire us to action, and then recede to the background of our lives. On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the natural disaster is a long, drawn-out event — a rising sea level occurring at the rate of three millimeters per year — slow enough to ignore, but dramatic enough to overtake the town in 50 years. It’s not the swift impact of a storm, but a slow drowning of a culture.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a tiny apocalypse unfolding in plain sight, but even its own residents want to deny its inevitability. Generations of watermen created a tight-knit community with its own cultural ecosystem, and they do not want to see it washed away. These photographs depict the last breaths of a community as they are forced to adapt to the smallest but most devastating tidal wave.

A digital transmedia publication for this project will be launching in mid-2015. Please see the teaser site 3millimeters.com for more images and information.