chapter  2
22 Pages

Visualizing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Debate

WithElizabeth Anne Gervais Schwarz

Environmental organizations often use visual material to inform society about

environmental concerns and their associated policy issues. This case study examines

the process by which the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and

the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) use a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition

(RAVE) to draw attention to the environmental issues surrounding the Chesapeake

Bay watershed. In addition, the study analyzes the resulting photographs captured

during the event. The CBF and the iLCP strategically use the RAVE to create scientific

and local knowledge that they use to present their understanding of the Chesapeake

Bay. An analysis of the slideshows generated from the RAVE shows how the strategies

the photographers employ help to depict power relations among the stakeholders

in the watershed area. The strategies may encourage audiences to develop a regional

collective identity of concerned citizens who will work together to help to protect and

clean the watershed.