by Bryan Thomas

2017 Self-Published 

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"The Sea in the Darkness Calls" is a travelogue along the coast of a Florida suddenly and psychically charged by the shadow of irreversible climate change. In 2015, the year following the discovery that the decline of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) had “reached the point of no return,” I began traveling beside the more than 1,300 miles of Florida’s coastline to survey how Florida had been psychically charged by its own inescapable future. In a state where three-quarters of Florida’s 18 million residents live within coastal counties that generate almost four-fifths of its economy, how does life continue, let alone thrive, in an environment whose future has been so gravely foretold? Climate change and sea-level rise were once slow-motion disasters whose timelines were difficult to comprehend and easy to casually deny. But now, given the certainty of the WAIS’ decline, one of nature’s most destructive forces has finally arrived and there is little that can be done about it. The collapse of the destabilized ice sheet—along with the many additional factors contributing to sea-level rise—could raise global sea levels by as much as 6 feet by 2100, causing Florida’s population living below sea level to increase to 2.39 million. As long as humans have stood along the shore, staring toward the horizon, they have felt fear but, often, possibility. Now there is only fear. We no longer look across the ocean. We wait for it to come to us.

"The Sea in the Darkness Calls" is an 11.25" x 15" zine, printed on 60-lb newsprint, vertically folded and left unbound. It is 70 pages, features 44 color photographs, two "broadsheets," and one, vintage postcard unique to each copy. It was printed in December 2016 at Linco Printing in Long Island City, New York.

Photographs & Text: Bryan Thomas
Design: Alejandro Torres Viera
Production: Chung Chiang