The Cathedral of Nature

Environmental photojournalism is the combination of nature and story; to tell the story of the human experience in nature. In each image I hope to tell both the physical tale of how one can experience the North Woods (canoeing, swimming, hiking) as well as the emotional tale of how one can connect with the spirit of the North Woods.

As a story-teller my quest is to illustrate the many human powered ways one can enjoy the region. As an artist I chose to interpret each scene in a way that might evoke mood and memory of something common to all human experience in nature. I hope this collection becomes not only a document of these activities, but a powerful testament for the value of the region; a precious resource contained in it’s ability to provide meaningful spiritual and physical experiences.

I stand in awe of my body, this matter to which I am bound has become so strange to me. I fear not the spirits, ghosts, of which I am one, that my body might, but I fear bodies, I tremble to meet them. What is this Titan that has possession of me? Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature,—daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?

“ktaadn” (1848) in The Maine Woods (1864) in The writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, pp 78-79 Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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