There is a sense of beauty in the natural world, but also chaos. These two opposing forces balance each other in a harmonic way, creating a cycle that we can relate to. Such balance reflects personal struggles we as humans face and overcome daily, since one cannot fully exist without the other. This series began in the midst of the 2020 global pandemic, when the world seemed to fall into its own chaos and destruction as though we were living in the apocalypse. Escaping from reality, I find my own solace in nature and its majesty just as I used to when I was a child. There is a certain pleasure in waiting patiently for the light to shimmer just right across a body of water or for a creature to scurry by.
Inspired by artists such as Laura McPhee, Langston Bowen, and Judy Dater, this collection of work dives into the ideas of interacting and finding a deeper connection with the natural world. By using techniques such as long exposures and new perspectives, I can capture the essence of humanity and nature intertwined. When photographing people immersed in nature, light plays a key role in how I witness the small and fleeting moments wherein we mimic the wildlife around us. How the waves in a woman’s hair can reflect falling water, or how a whole universe can be held within a pair of glistening eyes. It’s mesmerizing seeing our own similarities to the world we live in but often take advantage of. Just as nature cycles through change and is born again into new life, so are we. We are resilient, we adapt, we are reborn. Mother Nature reflects us in every way, and our connections to her are never ending. Every individual has their own connection to nature whether it be spiritual or therapeutic. You just have to go out and find your own rebirth.