Hopkins Student Documents South Pacific’s Changing Geography

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Justin Falcone
Justin Falcone

Inspired by post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin’s paradisaical images of indigenous life in the South Pacific, photographer and Johns Hopkins student Justin Falcone retraced Gauguin’s late-19th-century journey from Tahiti to Hawaii to document cultures threatened by catastrophic geographical changes.

Falcone’s photo series In the Wake: Rising Seas, Vanishing Islands is on display at Johns Hopkins’s Milton S. Eisenhower Library through the first week of March. Rather than idealized tropical tableaus, In the Wake presents pictures of the effect of rising sea levels on the earth’s most vulnerable island societies.

Falcone’s trip was made possible by a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, given annually to students “with demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service.”



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