Photo and discovery by Debbi Stein
This fall, UNY Founding Editor, Nicki Pombier Berger, was a writing instructor at the New School for Drama. For one exercise, each student wrote a stone, a wish, or a missive. She put their collective notes in a tube and tossed it into the Hudson, where Bank Street meets the river. Who knows where it'll bob to, but now it's on our list, secret weights or hopes or messages the students can return to and write from (or against); and for the rest of us, another object to imagine from.
Nick Sinclair is a British photographer who got in touch with UNY to share his stunning photographs of plastic water bottles washed up on the shore near his home. Here is what he had to say about his waterfront and his photographs:
I live in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, 90miles North East of London. Aldeburgh is a small town, with a population of around 2500 permanent residents, (although this increases dramatically during holidays). The town dates back to Tudor times, with some archeological evidence of ancient Roman settlements on the river. There is a small fleet of beach fishing boats, but the main work of the town today is tourism. The surrounding landscape here is very flat and low lying, with wetlands, reed beds and heaths. Our location makes us a stopping off point for flocks of migrating birds. Many human visitors are also attracted here by its relatively unspoiled natural environment. The beach profile can change quite dramatically after a single storm.
Most of us think of climate change as something that affects other parts of the world--deserts and polar ice caps. However sea level rise, coupled with more volatile weather is already increasing the risk of flooding in many areas and ultimately has the potential to make life in towns like mine unsustainable. Maybe it is time to start taking note of the messages in bottles?
Friend and fan of Underwater New York Rich McGowan took our magnet on a waterfront tour. Here's a collection of his evocative work.