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Floating Island

Pembroke Creek
Chowan County, NC

Reflections are simply a change in direction of a wavefront between different media. In this case, waves of light between air and water. But the mirrored image of the forest in the still surface of Pembroke Creek is more than bent light. Mirrors have always been magical.

And the landscape isn’t merely mirrored in the water’s surface, it’s synonymously reproduced, replicated. It becomes a drowned forest, a world beneath the water, the inverted landscape of dreams, imagination, and myth.

But the landscape of imagination isn’t without risk.

“There have been many men who drowned in mirrors…” Ramon Gomez de la Serna wrote in El Incongruente, quoted by Gaston Bachelard in Water and Dreams.


Print Quality

Our archival quality images are printed on Moab Exhibition paper using Canon Lucia inks, providing lustrous reproducttions with a board color gamut that resists aging. For more information on the technology used, see our page on print quality.

The images on this site have been highly compressed to speed page loading. Some artifacts from the process may be visible but the image files used for printing are high resolution.

Sound Rivers

Five percent of the profits from all sales on this site are donated to Sound Rivers, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the quality of rivers on the Carolina coastal plain.

Floating Island

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On Pembroke Creek, a copse of trees in fall foliage stands beneath a Carolina blue sky reflected in the still water of the creek.

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