This collection of photographs blurs the line between fantasy and reality, present and future, resilience and escape.
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.
This land like a mirror turns you inward
And you become a forest in a furtive lake;
The dark pines of your mind reach downward,
You dream in the green of your time,
Your memory is a row of sinking pines.
Explorer, you tell yourself, this is not what you came for
Although it is good here, and green;
You had meant to move with a kind of largeness,
You had planned a heavy grace, an anguished dream.
But the dark pines of your mind dip deeper
And you are sinking, sinking, sleeper
In an elementary world;
There is something down there and you want it told.
- Gwendolyn MacEwen "Dark Pines Under Water", 1972 -