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'Earth Not Ours': Photographer Paints a Quieter Picture of Climate Change

The concept of climate change is abstract for most; but for those living throughout the U.S.’s south as well as in parts of California, it represents a real threat to their day-to-day lives.

As a Texan native, photographer Andrew Williams was drawn to the prospect of visualizing climate change. “When I was living in New York City, I kept hearing more and more about the drought in the southwest,” he explains, “and then when I started this project, I fell into an ‘environmental depression’ very quickly.”

For the past three years, Williams has worked with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to produce his body of work Earth Not Ours. As part of an artist-in-residence program, called Water Rights, he began researching and photographing drought conditions throughout the southwest US and California.

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