This Independent Study Project is intended for me to use photography and art as a way to express my connection, or desire for a connection, to nature. Photography has been a hobby of mine for a number of years as I’ve used it as a creative outlet and means to document my travels. Photography is also a way for me to share my view of the world. It has been an attempt to capture beauty in a single, simple frame of time. To stare intently at an image is a mesmerizing and meditative experience. I propose through this project, to bring some of my outdoors experience indoors to share and hopefully relate with other’s connections to the environment and systems around us that we call nature.
For this project, I will take selected photos I captured and edited, print them, and transfer those prints to a wooden board. All my photographs are in digital form, and I would like to use this project as a catalyst to printing my photos, which I believe makes that relationship between the artist and viewer a little bit closer.
I want to be careful about the truthfulness of my intentions here. This is a means to share my art. It is a means for making me active with my photography, so that my work, which I care about and am emotionally connected to, does not sit idly on my computer or stored away in a forgotten corner of my room. This is my first art project in college and certainly my first time every viewing it for public display.
This project is in conjunction with my concentration studies which center around the ecopsychological understanding of human’s relationship to nature.