What I Do:
I’m fascinated by the processes people go through to learn and gather information. I aim to use the photograph as a tool that may incite further inquiry. How can we be lured by an image to ask questions about our world? How do we humans glean deeper meaning from a physical environment? Can we see our environment as something worth caring for and learning more about?
I study this process between myself and landscapes. For me, it’s a mystical date with the unseen that lends itself to a reverence for these physical forms. I search my environment for a sense of ‘wilderness’ to serve as a portal into my subconscious …the land of dreaming, intuition, and dejavu. (That’s my personal process of inquiry.) With my portrait work, I document other’s processes of inquiry and discovery with their physical environment. I do this as candidly as possible employing the eye of the cultural anthropologist and taking on the role of the ‘participant observer’ in hopes that I don’t change the observed much at all.
Landscapes: I’m a Contemporary Natural History photographer who gains her understanding through direct experience, observation and research. I’m interested in the ecological systems that sustain our human culture. I make images that illustrate the concepts I’m confronted with when I observe these ecological elements.
Portrait: For now, I’m documenting my life as a homeschooling mother using an environmental and arts based education in our urban farm setting. I’m a witness to my children’s processes. Of course my children are practicing the 3 R’s (reading, writing, arithmetic) but they practice them while investigating subjects in life that interest them. It’s fascinating to see that their whole life is consumed with a hunger to understand and make sense of the world around them. They pursue this understanding relentlessly. My husband and I are their co-learners/co-workers, (b/c learning is a full time job). Consequently, our life is one big workshop.