|Light Fading: Reflections on the Imperiled Everglades
is the only book of its kind dedicated to America's most famous
wetland: a hardcover, full-color volume of 320 pages filled with
brilliant photography--including many two-page spreads and numerous
full-page images, laid out at a generous size that heightens the book's
visual impact. Along with his photographs, the author also provides a
thoughtful essay that is at once lyrically descriptive, personally
touching, and unapologetically scathing in its hard-headed assault on
current policy and cultural attitudes affecting the Everglades region.
Using the problems besetting the Everglades as an apt example, Curzon
frames those attitudes in a global context, and suggests a radical
revaluation of our place in the natural world. The result is a book of
tremendous visual beauty that simultaneously packs a potent emotional
and intellectual punch, a work of significance for lovers of the
Everglades, but also for the future of environmental thought in general.
About the Author
Joel M. Curzon grew up primarily
in Utah, where the southern Wasatch Mountains look out over the Great
Basin. In college he majored in physics and studied philosophy,
graduating magna cum laude in 1995; he later attended Harvard Law
School, from which he graduated in 1999. After practicing law for
several years in Silicon Valley, Joel ceased full-time practice in 2003
in order to focus on writing and photography. He met his wife at
Harvard—a fellow law student who grew up in Calcutta, India—and they
currently reside in
San Diego, California.
began his photographic work in the Everglades in 2002, and subsequently
spent months exploring and photographing the Everglades region during
repeated trips in the years that followed. During this time he became a
student of the region's ecology; he also became an observer and critic
of the ongoing restoration efforts, which he came to see as deeply
flawed and inadequate.