I'm presenting this exhibit of photographs in May 2016 as part of the 20th Anniversary Contact Photography Festival. The work will be on exhibit at Art Works Art Gallery at 238 Jane Street from Thursday May 12 to Saturday June 11, 2016. Opening Reception is Thursday May 12 from 6-8 pm - all are welcome.
The photographs I'm exhibiting are a documentation drawing attention to the irreversible practice of shoreline hardening. Under the pretence of erosion protection; revetments, armour rocks and paved roads are taking over our natural shorelines. In an attempt to alter the malleable, shifting and changing clay shores of the Scarborough Bluffs, developers are not only destroying an ecosystem and animal habitat but they are severing our connection to the lake.
The shoreline at risk begins near Grey Abbey Ravine and continues east along the shore for about 4 km to East Point Park and Bird Sanctuary. In addition to this area being an important flyway for migratory birds, it has been recognized as an Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI).
The good news is there's still time to preserve this last natural shoreline of Toronto. The TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority) is interested in hearing from the public about this area. The plans that are currently being proposed present a number of options and alternatives and in addition to hardening the shoreline in varying degrees, one of their options include the 'Do Nothing Alternative'. This would be the best option for preserving the area in it's natural state. Allowing this shoreline to remain natural will help maintain the natural habitat for many years to come. This area is a treasure of flora and fauna and the shore is a beautiful stretch of sand beach that deserves our protection.
In addition to seeing the photographs on display, I invite you to contact the TRCA and let them know how you feel about shoreline hardening and if this is how you envision the future of our shores.
Email: Lindsay Clapp (project coordinator) email@example.com
For those of you not familiar with the TRCA, I've included some info from their website about when they formed and their mandate: