EVERGLADES RESTORATION © 1995Everglades National Park, FL
I spent 1996 focusing my photographic trips on the Everglades. The ecosystem was in crisis, and a battle loomed over whether it was worth investing money to save it. I wanted people to see the beauty of the environment, fall in love with it, and want to save the ecosystem. I printed several copies of this image for Vice President Al Gore and other dignitaries to sign as a pledge to protect the Florida Everglades. Help for the Everglades Even before 1997, various departments of the U.S. government debated the importance of funding the restoration of the Everglades. Clyde focused much of his photography on sharing the beauty of the Everglades to a national audience. More than twenty years later, some improvements have been made, many still wait to be funded, and the debates on the restoration of this land continue. Everglades Restoration was taken with a Deardorff 8×10 camera on T-Max 100 film. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Camera settings f/45 | 120mm Nikkor SW lens | orange filter | 1 second Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.