Nurtured By Nature
These images being made from 2007 – Currently ongoing.
Nurtured By Nature: Nurtured By Nature is a photo documentary series that has been unfolding since I became a mother.
When my first child was born I learned a lot about consumer culture, advertising, planned obsolescence. By the time my second child arrived our family lifestyle was firmly grounded in the garden and the woods. My oldest had gone into the traditional public school institution and left it. That institution fully supported the consumerist ideology. It motivated learning by reward (not intrinsic value) and the culture of young students was filled with tv, Disney, video games, etc.
So, I had this idea that my daughters could be nurtured by something older…by the sun and the moon, wind and fire, bird song and the smell of plants. So far, so good. They are actually happier, and more at ease when outside in the woods, a field, by water or in a garden than anywhere else. They’re not only happier, but more curious, philosophical, thinking in relationships, creative, inspired, and wanting to know how things work.
I find this path to be one of hope in a society, culture, and environment whose ‘time has run out’ as they say. We can’t reverse the effects of consumption on this earth, but I can raise two members of the next generation with a new language, a new culture. These two people, my daughters, will be alarmed when these complex, natural systems unravel further. There’s no disconnect with their natural environment like there is for children who spend most of their lives at a desk, in the realm of their minds.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver