I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen, of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been; Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were, with morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair.- J.R.R. Tolkien
I've always been drawn to natural places. Growing up in New York City, my best memories were of my family's vacations to the nearby Pocono Mountains. My brother and I were up every day before the crack of dawn, walking or riding our bikes down to the lake. There wasn't a terrible lot to do there, but we'd sit and watch the mist rise over the water and listen to the bullfrogs before the birds woke up. I can only speak for myself, but I believe we'd have spent all our days that way if we could have.
Going home was always a bittersweet affair. It felt like life was happening here while I languished in a limbo made of metal and concrete. As time went on, I developed an appreciation for life in the city. The people, the foods, the familiar ways. When I first picked up a camera, I used it to document the things and people that I saw every day. I made good friends and learned a lot about myself.
At some point, I found myself reaching for my cameras less often. Life was happening. I threw myself headlong into my tech career and neglected many things and people that were dear to me, and experienced all the repercussions one might imagine as a result. I'm looking again to my love of nature and my ability as a photographer to show me who I was, and where to go from here. What I know now, is that it involves a great zeal for the conservation and preservation of natural resources, veganism and the inexorable pull toward all the unspoilt places in the world.
I'm not sure what I'm hoping to achieve from this. I feel compelled to share my perspective, and to try and convey a sense of urgency in protecting the world we all live in and depend on. I'll be offering prints for sale, using either traditional darkroom methods or a modern digital workflow. Proceeds will go toward expenses like film, paper and postage, and to worthy charitable causes.