Cat Island by Kayak: A Retrospective

Dr. Eric Wyble, a physician and surgeon by profession, is an avid photographer and outdoorsman at all other times.  A native of Opelousas, Louisiana, Dr. Wyble resides in Pass Christian, Mississippi, close to the waters of the Mississippi Sound.  This allows for his passion of sea kayaking to Cat Island, photographing the ever-changing seascape, and hiking the remote stretches of beach and marsh.

Dr. Eric Wyble kayaking to Cat IslandA photographer since the 1980s, Dr. Wyble prefers use of the now discontinued Kodak Infrared Black & White Film and a 35mm camera. Infrared film provides sharp contrast and an ethereal moodiness to his photographs.  Additionally, they can be hand-colored with photo oils for a more creative presentation. 

Eric Wyble has received numerous awards for his Black & White photography displayed at events such as the Annual Ocean Springs Art Association Exhibit and the Annual Peter Anderson Festival in Ocean Springs.  In 2009, two of his prints were selected for the Southern Open, a juried art show hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA.  The Southern Open features artists from the five southern states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. 

A first showing of Dr. Wyble's photos opened Wednesday, June 26 at the Katrina Research Center on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus. A reception with the artist was held that evening and the exhibit will be on display until August 22.  

Cat Island has a rich history that is deserving of its own spotlight, but historical highlights are covered in conjunction with the photographs.

Presented photographs were taken on Cat Island and date back from 2003, both before and after Hurricane Katrina.  All travels to and from Cat Island were made by kayak, and continue to be.

 Storm Kayak by Eric Wyble
 The Path by Eric Wyble