Landscapes document the changes to our earth, whether it's manmade changes (photographers and scientists are trying to showcase damage humans are doing to the land) or changes that nature makes to the earth with natural disasters. Look at images of a place from today and then one from only 50 years ago. I guarantee they will be different.
Three years ago, I joined with conservation and animal rescue groups to photograph domestic animals in need homes and, at the other end of the spectrum, wolves so that we could better understand their behavior and their necessity in the wild. I continue to do this today.
Two years ago I took a break from portraits and conceptual portraits. I set out to find land that was reclaimed. Lands that were toxic waste, gravel pits, devoid of wildlife, and etc. but with the help of good citizens, were rehabilitated. During that journey, I found another reason to use my skills in photography. Instead of another pretty picture, I was trying to showcase the good we can do for our Earth if we only band together and improve the conditions.
Last year, I started a series where I wanted to convey the feelings we get when out in nature. "Into Nature" showcases various people in landscapes, but posed to convey emotion while out in a landscape. The message being that we need nature as much as we need modern conveniences.
This year, I am still trying to decide what project or series to start that will have meaning, and with any luck, longevity. Whatever I decide to do as a project, I hope you will follow along, learn a little something, and be inspired to make a difference in 2018.
Happy New Year!