“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” Gary Snyder.
That sums up exactly what I have been feeling for a long time. What does it mean about the way we think about and treat nature and ‘wilderness’? As photographers we can either see nature as out there, somewhere to be visited and photographed, as separate from life, distant, with no relevance other than to provide the perfect view, the perfect ‘masterpiece’.
The alternative is to explore our relationship with the land, the Earth. That might sound too abstract, too ‘touchy feely’ to some but it has a profound effect on the images produced. Look at photographers like Thomas Joshua Cooper, Jem Southam, John Blakemore, Alex Boyd and others who clearly relate to the land they photograph and are not just out to produce a technically perfect print to score points or win prizes.
For me photography is about expressing thoughts and feelings. I am not looking for any accolades it is just something I have to do. Over the years I have become more connected to the land and the consequences of how we treat it. To me it is crazy not to have a relationship with the very thing on which we depend on for our very survival.