Eden sits along the banks of the Dan River, just south of the North Carolina/Virginia border. Since the turn of the 21st century, the population of Eden has been steadily declining as a result of a slowing economy once built upon textile and rug manufacturing. In 2014, Duke Energy caused the 3rd largest coal ash spill in US history, sending 30,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan River. The town still suffers from the effects of the spill; some families have been living off of bottled water for 4 years.
These salted paper prints were developed using collected water from the still-toxic Dan River.