In 2008, at our first residency at the White Oak Plantation, we spent a weekend of downtime swimming around some sand dunes along the St. Mary’s River, relaxing in the water and dodging alligators. The river separates Florida and Georgia and is also a dividing line through the property. The water was black with tannins…potable, but utterly dark and a somewhat sinister. The sun was directly overhead and since the tide was changing, the water was completely still. I noticed the way our bodies would disappear into the water: pale yellow at the surface, degrading through a progression of honey, amber, orange, red, brown and then disappear into black. I started experimenting by arranging bodies into shapes and creating photographs of the forms. In the years since, as we have traveled back to White Oak, I have experimented with the different elements of nature: tides, times of day, weather conditions. The resulting portfolio is a chronicle of our formative time on that plantation.