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In the Wake of the Flood:

Community Photographs of Hurricane Ian and Its Aftermath

photo credit: Stephen Plein / New Wave Eco Charters

Hurricane Ian and its aftermath have been, and continue to be, uniquely powerful and life-changing experiences for millions of people, and perhaps especially so for those residents of hard-hit areas of Southwest Florida. Stories and images of the storm can be fierce, frightening, and sad. But courage, resilience, and hope are also hallmarks of the response to Hurricane Ian by so many communities. 

In the Wake of the Flood is an exhibition of photographs taken by people in hurricane-impacted areas including Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, and elsewhere. They reflect a wide range of personal perspectives and experiences, and a community’s collective view of this major event. Accompanying the images are statements by the photographers of why their image has meaning or significance to them. 

In the Wake of the Flood was open at the Museum February 1 – April 28, 2023.

After reconstruction work began at the Museum, the exhibition was moved to the Sanibel Public Library, located at 770 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957. 

Photographs from the display are available below, and will also be added to Sanibel Public Library's digital archive, located online at

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