Light Fading  

Selected Reviews of Light Fading

"This is a powerful book, a powerful evocation of the startling majesty of the Everglades."

  —Ken Burns, award-winning documentary filmmaker.

“A deeply personal and passionate plea to preserve the natural areas of southern Florida, this book portrays the turbulent natural and human history of this harsh yet delicate region.  Joel Curzon’s marvelous photographs are sure to inspire readers to reflect on how the wonders of southern Florida are in danger of vanishing unless restoration plans are enacted immediately.”

  —William F. Loftus, Ph.D., recently retired Research Ecologist with the U. S. Geological Survey's Everglades National Park Field Station.  Now president of Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC.

“Joel Curzon brings us into an Everglades of astonishing beauty and infinite meaning. Few people have seen the landscapes and the living creatures of the Everglades as Curzon’s photos reveal them, and his insights explain why our own government is damaging, instead of restoring, millions of acres of National Park and other protected lands and waters in south Florida.”

  —Joe Browder, a leading environmental-policy advocate, has led efforts to protect and restore the Everglades for almost half a century.

“The Everglades is not just a place of great beauty, it’s a deep test for our ability (and willingness) to make up for the damage we’ve caused. This book should help inspire us in the right direction.”

  —Bill McKibben, author, Deep Economy.

“Joel Curzon’s Reflections on the Imperiled Everglades is a visually stunning journey through the heart of the Everglades and its reflection on the soul of man.”

  —David P. Reiner, President, Friends of the Everglades, 2004-2009.

"Curzon succeeds marvelously by turning an artist’s eye, aided by a superb photographic technique, on varied landscapes, flora and wildlife. He gives us stirring vistas: sunsets framed by blood-red storm clouds; expanses of mist-shrouded marsh and spindly pines, as delicately lined and shaded as a Chinese watercolor; lush groves of giant cypress trees that vault into the air like living cathedrals. But he also paints fascinating miniatures: a single dewdrop on a cypress needle, a tiny white crab spider lying in wait on a lavender petal, a close-up of a panther lewdly licking its chops. Curzon’s spare text sketches in the region’s ecology and natural history and decries the overdevelopment that increasingly deprives the Everglades of the water it needs (and thus threatens with extinction the habitats and creatures he photographs.) But the book’s educational and polemical impulses never elbow aside its aesthetics.

"Curzon has an extraordinary ability to capture color and ambient light, from the subtly chiaroscuroed pink plumage of a roseate spoonbill to the molten-silver carapace of an alligator swimming in the sunshine to the bright, flat patches of primary pigments that make a coral snake look a bit like a Mondrian painting. Many of his images—the dusky vortexes of a coiled rattlesnake, the brilliant emerald eye staring from a cormorant’s lurid orange face—are as fascinating for their inventive compositions as for their documentary value. By giving us a visceral sense of the treasures that could be lost, each of these pictures is worth a thousand words and more of environmentalist pleading.

"A radiant panorama of the Everglades that’s both a feast for the eyes and a prod to the conscience. "

  —Kirkus Reviews