Before The Flood

BEFORE THE FLOOD
By Tim Gruber

Before The Flood documents life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The long and narrow string of barrier islands for many is a vacation destination. For me, it is much more. It is a place where I fell in love, married and now I’m trying to discover the peculiar qualities that have me so intrigued by this little island. Before The Flood is my connection to a place that like the tide has its highs and lows.

The Outer Banks is undergoing changes from both human forces and mother nature. Over the years the dunes protecting the island have eroded from the hands of over-development and by the force of the ocean. Today, residents of the island are undergoing a heated debate about re-nourishing those dunes and protecting the island from the unforgiving waves of the Atlantic or letting mother nature take her course and the ocean taking what was once hers. No matter the outcome of this heated debate this project serves as an important documentation as the sands of time change and shift the shape of the island.

Only time will tell if anything is left of a place I once called and still consider my home away from home. I can only hope the island is around for generations to come, but even if it is not, this project will be a testament of what once stood at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Pier

Summer Day

Condemned

Barbie

Summer Vacation

Surf Fishing

Beach Cruiser

Virgin Mary

Gold Digger

Mini Golf

Under Construction

Beach Rescue

Beach Renourishment

UFO

Anastazia

Fish Cleaning Station

Ben

One Star Motel

Mary

Easter Morning

Sisters

High Tide

Blue Sea Road

Afternoon Swim

Cousins

Backyard Gym

First in Flight

Janice

Dolphins

Off Road

Backyard Stable

Jockey's Ridge

Grave Digger

Ocean Graveyard

Darrell

Buried

Dreams Relocated