This collection of photographs explores the complex relationship between our desire for a better world, and our struggle to accept and fulfill our own role in creating this better world.
These images merge reality with fantasy. They portray the fragile balance between our need to dream of a better future, with our need to take responsibility in the present.
The photographs in the collection focus on local ponds and wetlands as some of our most vulnerable and important places to protect, but also as places often overlooked as mundane or common. These are the places we can and do have an impact on. It is through connecting to and learning about these places that we can take a meaningful role in creating the better world that we seek. These local environments are used to represent an imagined future of space travel.
We live in a time of great global awareness, and of great uncertainty.
From our armchairs we feel the death of coral reefs, the deforestation of the Amazon, and the plight of the Tiger, but our actions seem limited to online debates and single-click donations. Our impact unseen and unfelt.
In the presence of our inability to act, and of our shared guilt and loneliness, we are driven us to escape. We find solace in worlds beyond our own; where enemies are tangible and individuals are empowered. Where technology and science has thrived and saved us from ourselves.
Space, with all of its possibilities, has resurfaced in our popular media with force. Providing a future and an escape.
We need to find our way back to the present and to the beauty and fragility of our own natural homes. Our power lies in the connections we form with our local communities and in the actions we take in learning and loving our local environments.
In this time of isolation and uncertainty we have found ourselves reunited with our local environments in a way unseen for decades, but is this enough?