"RISING: Perspectives of Change on the North Carolina Coast" is an exhibit that recently opened in the Center for the Study of the American South on Franklin Street. The exhibit synthesizes the disciplines of oral history, photography and science to educate the general population on the effects of climate change on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Ryan Stancil, the oral historian behind the project, conducted interviews with various individuals on the Outer Banks to further investigate how climate change affects their day-to-day lives. Stancil partnered with photographer Baxter Miller to compile these stories and weave these interviews with powerful images.
“We were left with this body of work after this helicopter trip,” Miller said. “We thought, ‘What does this mean?’ and we kept coming back to this idea of 'RISING,' not only 'RISING' above the geography to interpret the land and the region from a new perspective.”
Stancil said that when you're above the barrier island system, "you really start to understand what rhythm of sand means." He recognizes how important the island is to its inhabitants.
"There were sections of the barrier island that are incredibly thin and people who deeply love that region," he said. "It’s very concerning to see places that you love potentially be threatened by changes in climate, and in a lot of our work, we have talked to a lot of folks and wondered how their stories might have risen above the discourse that occurs around these issues.”