The future of Earth is uncertain, as well as the future of our relationship with nature. Society’s well being relies on nature, but we allow destructive habits to permeate life. The circular black portal seen in the photographs is a threshold between manipulated and wild environments. The threshold invites us to enter the landscape and represents several ideas: the circle of life and death, a door that leads to unadulterated nature, or the dark presence of humanity's impact on nature. With the portals and photographs, I explore my relationship with nature, a sacred space that deserves respect and protection.
The 4x5 inch format paired with the coarsely textured paper creates soft, ethereal images. Every photograph documents a journey and my relationship with nature. I presented the photographs in a custom wooden box in order to create a tactile experience reminiscent of looking through an old box of family photos or sentimental objects. The box creates associations between nature and beloved memories. I hope that if people give the same love to their environment as they give to their priceless possessions, nature will regain its vitality. The dome and drapes that envelop the box of photographs enhance the intimate atmosphere. I want viewers to hold the photographs as tenderly as I did when I developed, printed, and framed the images.
"I graduated from the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design in April, 2017. My undergraduate thesis focused on large format nature photography. I began taking photos as a child in Arizona, where I realised the power of the outdoors. Hiking and climbing have the ability to restore a person’s loyalty to nature. I avidly rock climb and hike, and my passion for nature has led to my personal efforts to preserve and rebuild the environment through photography."