As a native of South Florida, my own history has been shaped by the ecosystem of the Everglades. Inspired by the early photographers of the American West, I have documented the flora and fauna of the Everglades and surrounding natural areas using my large-format 8-by-10 camera and the wet collodion process, a 19th-century process requiring that the image be exposed and developed on-site. The collodion process renders light slowly and reveals the passing of time, a quality which is essential to my work. I hope to preserve an essence of the Everglades, a land we are rapidly losing.
Lisa Elmaleh is a large-format, fine-art photographer based in Brooklyn. You can see more of her photography on her Web site.
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