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On the Edge: Boston’s Working Waterfront

Lauren Owens Lambert | Boston, MA, United States


Boston Harbor sits within the Gulf of Maine, one of the fastest-warming stretches of water on Earth. Climate change, which impacts each part of the planet differently, has already raised the average sea level off the Massachusetts coast by at least eight inches since 1950. Boston’s daily tidal range varies over the course of a month, but the higher tides are slowly intruding on the coast of Boston as they rise to new levels. In order to protect against sea level rise as well as storm surges and severe coastal storms, Boston’s then-Mayor Martin J. Walsh promised in 2019 to invest over $30 million annually to defend the city and the shoreline against these impacts. Through coastline restoration, wetland preservation and a slew of other tactics the city can help to reduce the coastal effects of climate change. This collection of working portraits represents the economic impact of Boston Harbor on a human scale and tells a story of resilience. Even on the edge, Boston, its people, and industries persevere in the face of large-scale challenges from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change.

A special thanks to:

Boston Harbor Now, Barr Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The City of Boston, Boston Parks and Recreation, The New England Aquarium, Boston Harbor Hotel, the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Narrow Gate, Tocci Building Corporation, Smoke Shop, Boston Sail Loft, STOSS Landscape Urbanism, Weston and Sampson, Deer Island Water Treatment Plant, Boston Harbor City Cruises, USS Constitution Museum, Red’s Best, Piers Park Sailing Center, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and Portside Market and Spirits.

Art Director for printed show: Glenn Ruga

Graphic Designer for printed show: Vinny (Hao) Tran

Website desigen: International League of Conservation Photography and Esri

Lauren Owens Lambertis a photographer and video journalist based in the Boston area whose work has a creative focus in documenting the human aspect of climate change, ocean health, natural resource management, conservation, and our relationship with the natural world during the age of the anthropocene.In her work, she places people as part of natural cycles, a perspective that is sometimes lost in contemporary society. Her work has been published with Agence France-Presse, Audubon Magazine, BioGraphic Magazine, and The Boston Globe. She is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has presented work at the United Nations on the importance of visual storytelling with ocean science and data communication.Follow her on Instagram at: Lauren.O.Lambert

Boston Harbor Now

International League of Conservation Photography

Social Documantray Network

Barr Foundation

Boston Cultural Council



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Instagram: Lauren.O.Lambert

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