“Food, Planet, Future: A Photographer’s Journey” with Robert Dash

  • Tue Oct 8th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life
Robert Dash. Contributed photo.

Robert Dash. Contributed photo.

Submitted by San Juan Islands Museum of Art

With the daily news, climate change becomes more of a climate crisis. In his talk, Robert Dash offers observations on how one part of nature — our food — is connected to climate change. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art program will be presented from 3-5 on Oct. 12 at the San Juan Island Grange No. 966 at 152 First St. N, Friday Harbor.

In this discussion, Dash studies threats to our staple foods from, for example, crop loss due to droughts, floods, soil loss, pests, deforestation, loss of crop nutrient value and the shifting ranges of many crops.

He also discusses the work underway to make agriculture a net carbon sink rather than a net carbon emitter. Dash’s talk also references hopeful solutions such as, for example, regenerative agriculture, carbon farming, permaculture, and rebuilding soil through cover crops.

This “Art As A Voice” program by SJIMA supplements the photomontages in “Food For Thought Micro Views: Threats and Prospects” by Robert Dash showing at SJIMA through Dec. 9.

Admission to Food, Planet, Future: A Photographer’s Journey event is $15, $12 for SJIMA and Grange members, and students are admitted for $10. Make reservations online at under “Learn” or at 360-370-5050. Tickets will be sold the door as seats are available.

Dash is an educator, photographer and naturalist whose work has been published by National Geographic, TIME, and LensWork, and shown in galleries and juried shows in the US and abroad.

In 2016, he presented a TEDx talk entitled “The Intercourse of Nature: It’s What We Are,” and in 2017, published his Nautilus Gold Award-winning photography/poetry book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge. His new book, “FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views: Threats and Prospects,” is currently in development.

Janet Alderton, Kim Miller, Grange member, Anonymous, Browne’s Home Center, San Juan Island Grange No. 966, Kenmore Air, Town of Friday Harbor, Stephen King, Printonyx and Harbor Rental are sponsors of this programming.

“… Like fragments of mysterious ecosystems that no one has ever seen… [They] are meaningful, visually poetic observations about how the things we cannot see can show us how our very lives can be under the threat of extinction.” —Lensculture