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February 3, 2020 at 9:52 am

Alumni News | Harp Receives Community’s Environmental Stewardship Award

David Harp, portrait

David Harp

Ohio University alumnus David Harp, a writer, photographer and cinematographer, received the 13th annual Dorchester (MD) Citizens for Planned Growth Environmental Stewardship Award, reports the Dorchester Star.

Harp earned a B.A. in English in 1969 from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. He owns Chesapeake Photography in Cambridge, MD.

Following the award presentation, the audience was treated to a 14-minute showing of Harp’s new filmed called Nassawango Legacy, which combines historic and current photography of families canoeing among the bald cypress trees lining the Nassawango Creek.

Five years ago, Harp and co-producers Sandy Cannon-Brown and Tom Horton started making films together that included Beautiful Swimmers Revisited in 2015, High Tide in Dorchester in 2018, An Island Out of Time in 2019 and Nassawango Legacy that premiered at the Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth event.

“I’m honored because this is a group that is very connected to Dorchester County and to the quality of life,” Harp said. “It is nice to see your work being acknowledged by so many people.”

Harp also wrote four books including Water’s Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, a book of photographs with essays by Tom Horton that was published by Elliott and Clark in 1992 and released in paperback by Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2000.

He then went on to produced another book of photographs about journeys by canoe, kayak, and skiff into a Chesapeake Bay wetland called The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, that was also published by John Hopkins in 2002.

Read more in the Dorchester Star.

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