We exist between fear and love. These photographs explore our unspoken longing for connection to each other and the natural world. Frequently, the distance that’s put between those needs is our own fears – fear of vulnerability, loss, of not having or being enough. We want to embrace the helpless but so often we end up being defensive and tribal to protect ourselves from fear of the unknown. We are capable of holding delicate things with an open hand, but at times we grasp so tightly we smother our environment and those who occupy it.
The use of black and white photography in this series is meant to speak to the extremes of fear and love.
Many of the photos are of my own children or those of friends. I try to engage and interact with them in natural settings away from devices and screens while making the pictures. Hopefully it will help strengthen their connection to the earth and all the beings they encounter upon it.