Opening Reception

Thursday, June 13 | 4PM – 6PM

In 2023, Southern Cultures, a quarterly journal based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, asked contributors to document the impacts of a changing climate on communities across the South.

The resulting special issue, Snapshot: Climatefeatures more than 60 photographs and accompanying short reflections from artists, activists, photojournalists, and scientists to provide a “snapshot” look at people’s lived experiences in this urgent moment.

Twenty-five photographs from Snapshot: Climate, including works made in Virginia, will be on view in this traveling exhibition. While on view in Machipongo, the Barrier Islands Center and the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities invite Eastern Shore residents and visitors to submit their own photos and reflections about the climate impacts they’re facing in their own communities. 

The Snapshot: Climate traveling exhibition is presented by Southern Cultures and supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Center for the Study of the American South. The Barrier Island Center exhibition and opening reception are supported by the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities.

Help us visualize climate change on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

As part of Snapshot: Climate, we invite you to take a photo that represents climate impacts and submit it with a brief reflection. Your photo will become part of a broader effort to document the area’s changing communities and environments.

close up photo of a beach, with a brick foundation of a building visible in the sand as a wave approaches

“We have to move away from the coastlines in a way that protects both marshes and people. But how are we going to do that?”

Skip Styles