It's complicated. Though many of our actions destroy it, we crave time in nature. Why do so few of us work to protect and restore habitats and preserve it for future generations?
without a trace
Our urban areas are locked in a cycle of building, abandonment, decay and regeneration—followed by gentrification. Though we destroy its habitat, nature remains resilient—ready to regenerate if given a chance. But not all nature is pristine. Invasive species like "Tree of Heaven" pictured here can choke out beneficial plants—not unlike our urban growth patterns.
Our society is perched on the precipice of our children's future. Their children and grandchildren will live with the choices we make. What will our legacy be?
Outtake — Smoke and Mirrors
Day 6 — Use your powers for good
use your powers for good
We all have choices — as individuals and as part of society.
It might be later than we think. What is the sum of our impact on nature, balanced against the necessities for our survival? Even farming is a mixed bag. What is the true cost of corporate farming complete with genetically modified crops—on nature and on us?
This project proved more of a challenge and more rewarding than I anticipated. I set it aside in frustration after not capturing several specific images. Then life intervened. It didn't come to fruition until another friend proposed the nature challenge again — months later.
Yet the concept stayed on my mind. I'm still not a nature photographer, but I hope some of these images speak to the questions of our impact on and interaction with nature. It's now become one of my ongoing projects - perhaps someday it will evolve into a body of work.