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Matthew White's Landscapes Featured in Grand Isle's "Vanishing Horizons"

Matthew White, a landscape photographer and "Beyond Katrina" contributor, has been selected to show some of his photography in an upcoming exhibit in Grand Isle, La. "Vanishing Horizons" runs from April 7-15 at the Grand Isle Community Center, on Hwy. 1.

"I feel really happy having my work be part of an exhibit in a place as special as Grand Isle. Seeing how well the island has come back since Katrina is a good sign," explained White. "I hope that the exhibit, as well as my work, will show people the real beauty of the Louisiana coast and let them see how important it is to restore it."

The photos White will feature in the exhibit are Lake Borgne, La. (#2)" and "Gulf of Mexico, Cameron Parish, La 5/06". A New York native, White moved to Louisiana in 2000 and soon thereafter began photographing most of the notable locations along the Louisiana coastline. His mission, to convey the beauty and uniqueness of the Louisiana landscape, didn't waiver after the storm. His collection of landscapes continues to speak for a state that has survived the worst from nature and continues to evolve after an unprecedented tragedy.

"From his initial contributions six months ago through today, Matthew continues to elicit strong emotion and thought at the blog," explained award-winning blogger Margaret Saizan, "Beyond Katrina" creator. "I'm thrilled that now more people will be exposed to his perspective and amazing talents in person, rather than simply online."

White's photo essay series at http://www.hurricane-katrina.org begin with where Katrina made landfall, then document White's photographic journey before and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita starting in 2000. Each post includes a photo, a narrative of White's experience at that location, and then supporting commentary from the Saizan, which echoes the themes of "Beyond Katrina."    

The Grand Isle Community Development Team, Inc. with support from the Grand Isle Port Commission and the Town of Grand Isle, are sponsoring the exhibit to showcase works with themes relating to the nature, natural beauty and potential loss of the only inhabited Louisiana barrier island and the surrounding wetlands. Organizers say the goal of the 
exhibition is to raise awareness of Louisiana's coastal erosion through an artist's eye and to encourage the creation and preservation of images of this culture and its disappearing habitat for future generations.

About Matthew White
Matthew White is a native New Yorker who made Louisiana his home and his artistic focus in 2000. For five years he photographed nearly every notable location on the Louisiana coast. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita changed the landscape, but not Mathew's vision and desire to show Louisiana's unique beauty. While hundreds of others have documented the tragedy wrought by the storms, Matthew's body of work captures the beauty that the storms of 2005 could not erase. Rather than clichéd incongruity and depressing devastation, Matthew's photos capture a landscape touched by and triumphing over catastrophe. Matthew shares the same vision as blogger Margaret Saizan, looking "Beyond Katrina," and lending a silent voice to disaster and recovery.

About Margaret Saizan
Margaret Saizan (http://www.margaretsaizan.org) is a new media publisher, personal/ organizational coach, and community activist. The Baton Rouge, La. native became a blogger during the largest natural disaster in U.S. history - Hurricane Katrina. A graduate of Newfield Network, one of the best regarded international coach training schools, Margaret focuses on empowering leadership and facilitating action during transition, crisis, and disaster as the pathway to new vision. http://www.hurricane-katrina.org and Big Vision Media aspire to ignite wise action, new vision and positive change through transformational media. Her blog, "Beyond Katrina," won the 2006 Society for New Communications Research Professional Award.

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