"The whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Creating this project was an exploration of a specific area of the human mind through, as Emerson classifies it, the metaphor of nature. I attempted to seek out the area between comfort and discomfort, that area in which uneasy feelings arise yet feel unwarranted. By etching out this emotionally liminal area, I hope to highlight the aliveness of the natural spaces I document.
I’ve found that in many photographs of the woods, the trees and natural space tends to feel somewhat dead. While we know that the trees photographed are very much alive, and we know the feeling of being in a patch of nature teeming with life, it is easy for a photograph to neglect these feelings. What feels so alive and continuous at the time often comes out appearing sculptural and momentary. This project pursues those intimate feelings of continuity, and tries to continue them into photographic form.