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Disturbing the Spirits


As human actions impact the natural environment, can artists heal nature? Does art bring “special powers” to the table? If so, what are they? What is ‘art’? What is ‘nature’? What needs healing?

This series deals with both reality and time (past/present/future) and my growing attachment to the healing powers of the natural environment.

Trees teach us about belonging; they remind us that life doesn’t need permission to prevail. Trees are sanctuaries. If we listen closely, we can learn the ancient law of life. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth, decay and resurrection.They have played a prominent role in many folktales and legends and have been given deep and sacred meanings.

But, a tree’s longevity can lull us into a false sense of immortality.
It is this very impermanence that I long to understand through my photographic explorations. There is an ineffable natural beauty.... too great to be expressed or de- scribed in words.

In “Disturbing the Spirits” I am using imagery to convey my feelings about the state of nature, the nature of trees, and how to express their connection to past, present and future. By obscuring a portion of the image through a veil, I strive to heighten the remaining reality through discovery and reflection.

Proximity

Let The Others Follow

Into The Unknown

Promise of Spring

After Hours

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Toward Profusion

Assurance

To Conceal From Others

Whetting The Waters

Nest

Remaining A Mystery

Undertow

Awaiting The Warmth

Interrupting Order

Vicinity

Promise of Summer

Nuance

Undercurrent

Reaching The In-Between

Among The Spirits

Continuing Onward

Between Times

Leading Home

Plentitude

Beyond The Veil

Niche

Wearing Down The Past

Undisturbed

Encounter

Threshold

Beaver Creek

Alameda

Disturbing The Balance

Bayou

Bayou Breeze

Breeze