Along the coast of North Carolina (and the southeastern corner of Virginia), lies a string of barrier islands almost 200 miles long known as the Outer Banks. Even as protective sand dunes dangerously erode, residents remain divided on issues of dune nourishment. Photographer Tim Gruber documents residents of the Outer Banks in his project, "The Island," examining both the temporary nature of place and the preservation of personal memories. Click here to see Tim Gruber’s project "The Island."
"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, — all in one." — John Ruskin