Photographer, Gainesville, Florida
MBA, NYU University; MA Art History, George Washington University, MA in English/Creative Writing, University of South Florida; BA Art History, New College
Buchanan is working on a photographic book about Florida’s waters with George F. Thompson. Robert Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Robert Knight of the Howard T. Odum Springs Institute, and Jason Evans of Stetson University will be contributing essays. This project is the culmination of six years of photographing waterways around Florida from the Keys to Pensacola. In 2016, there was an exhibition of over 40 water images showing diversity and destruction of diversity at the South Florida Museum entitled: “Changing Waters: The Human Impact on Florida’s Aquatic Systems. On View Magazine published a Review of Exhibition.
She also worked extensively with the Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeepers in Florida and around the country, published in International Waterkeeper Alliance Magazine.
Biodiversity is critical to healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet. It also impacts the well being of human beings and our ability to problem solve and be creative. My photographic work focuses on biodiversity in riparian landscapes and along coastlines and in estuaries. My images include both beautiful, healthier ecosystems that are on the brink of being lost and images of areas that have been irreparably damaged from the impacts of climate change, agricultural pollution, population and urban development. In heavily polluted areas, areas with saltwater intrusion, and places where riverbanks or coastlines have been artificially altered by the hand of man, biodiversity is often compromised and ecosystems suffer. Light gets blocked, invasive species run rampant and native vegetation gets squeezed out. When this happens, it often feels we inhabit a foreign landscape; we feel alienated instead of supported by the earth.
To help create a new paradigm of being that replaces dominance with connection, I often make photographs that evoke a genuine appreciation of grace and beauty, especially as it is manifested in the variety of plants and creatures that exist at the intersection of land water. When meandering along a riverbank, I often encounter dead trees covered with colonies of fungi that are alchemically transforming death into life. Watching this metamorphosis, I feel renewed and hopeful. I have also been deeply inspired by my travel to places where man has rarely tread and to see all the biodiversity that exists in Patagonia, the Falklands, or off the beaten track in Iceland. In those places, each step I take may be crushing tiny lichen and miniature plants. Recognizing biodiversity on the surface of this beautiful planet we call home calls us to tread lightly leaving the smallest trace possible so all life can flourish, including our own.