Positioned at the convergence of documentary and art, my work examines the complex, troubled, yet inextricable link between people and planet with the purpose of protecting our only shared home.
For more than fifteen years, I have been capturing images and telling stories about the earth’s last wild places—many of which remain fragile and in desperate need of protection—from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of Indonesia to the shores of the Falkland Islands.
My work celebrates wilderness and the underappreciated benefits it provides to all of us. More recently, my aim has been to demystify the foreignness of such natural worlds—and of nature in general—and to replace the very idea of “the environment” with a concept more accessible and relatable to each of us: a healthy home.
There is an urgent need to recast the dialogue about the environment. It is vital that we bring new language and fresh perspectives to the discussion around these concepts—and that the conversation continue, because so many of our social concerns are the direct result of an unhealthy planet.
Using a documentary approach, my efforts have been to seek out, locate, and reframe all of this in a new, nonverbal language, which bears witness to the beauty and value of wilderness and the encroaching proximity of humanity’s ubiquitous presence.
The inherent message is that humankind, so long considered apart from nature, is in fact a part of it.