Julia Montgomery / FSBDC @ UWF (Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida)
FSBDC at UWF
Our mission: The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida – College of Business (FSBDC at UWF) delivers, through certified professionals, consulting, training and information to help businesses succeed and create a positive impact for the Florida economy, while providing value for our stakeholders.
Founded in 1999, Emerald Coastkeeper is one of 240 (and counting) member organizations of the Waterkeeper Alliance. We are a grassroots organization that monitors four main watersheds in the Florida Panhandle. Our mission is to investigate, educate and protect our right to swimmable. fishable and drinkable water. We believe that healthy waterways are directly connected to healthy communities and healthy people.
In our four watersheds, you will find many springs, creeks, rivers, bayou’s, bays and of course, the Gulf of Mexico.
Pollution can happen anywhere, not just from large industries. Some of the greatest concerns in our region stem from residential pollution.
Some of the more common culprits are septic system failure, erosion and sedimentation, nutrient loading from fertilizers, red tide, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs) lead, mercury, animal wastes, industrial paint source discharge, oil spills, commercial vessel pollution, residential development, and household garbage.
Protecting our waterways and drinking water from contaminants is everyone’s responsibility. We can’t do it alone…we need your help!
Feel free to contact us if you want to volunteer or to report a problem. We look forward to creating a healthy community with you!
As an artist, I express my emotional response to being in a particular place at a particular time. My work invites viewers to become more than spectators, by re-experiencing the feelings and sensations nature evokes. When exposure light and compositional elements are manipulated, it is to suggest and communicate the energetic forces that pulsate beneath the surface and connect all of life. When I experience this energetic connection, a deep healing takes place, both physically and spiritually. Not only do I reconnect with the external natural world, I also rediscover my authentic self as I reflect on what my vision reveals about my internal nature.
Exploring nature is a very meditative experience that helps me understand my place in the web of life. Although existence and experiences are transitory, the photographic process transforms awareness by focusing attention on what is most significant and enduring. Capturing moments of genuine connection through photographs makes it possible to preserve and to share these experiences with people who may not have access to pristine natural settings or have lost the ability to connect with the transformational power of nature in a technologically driven society. My images are made situating myself fully within the web of life, instead of standing outside and capturing a subject, and invite others to become more empathetic toward all life forms and to achieve greater understanding of their position in our ecosystem. This way of being is the foundation of the cultural shift that is necessary to ensure the future viability of the planet.
Water has been important to me for my entire life, and as our rivers and waterways have become increasingly endangered it has become even more of a calling to document them through my photography. In high school, I got excused from school frequently to go test waterways for changes following big rainstorms and discharges. In college, I tracked dolphins and assisted in a project analyzing the aesthetic impact of pristine rivers. These days, I take my kayak or hike long distances into the environment to capture the photographs for my current exhibition at the South Florida Museum on Florida’s changing water and other environmental installations.
If you are interested in purchasing a print, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at (941) 350-4590.. Photographs are available in small sizes in open editions, and in larger sizes in very limited editions.
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