Wildness Within, Wildness Without
Exploring Maine's Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail

A Photo Exhibit celebrating the wilderness spirit and recreational heritage of the North Woods of Maine.

In the spring of 2005 Maine Woods Forever commissioned photographer Bridget Besaw to create a series of photographs depicting the various ways people treasure the North Woods of Maine (hiking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, painting, snowshoeing etc.) We’ll be using these images to help raise public interest in the North Woods of Maine and in particular the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail.

The exhibit is permanently housed at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine.

Artist Bio
Photographer Bridget Besaw’s current focus is on creating imagery for use as an advocacy tool for environmental protection. This desire has led to large-scale projects for organizations such as Maine Woods Forever, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Farmland Trust, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

To see more of her work visit her web site: www.bridgetbesaw.com

Artist Statement

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.

Fine Art Prints
All images on this site are protected by copyright laws and not available for any use without permission from the artist. All images are however available as archival prints on watercolor or rag photo paper. Sizes and prices range from 16 to 52 inches widest dimension.

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