About the Book
Water, Forest and Light is a photographic journey through the Quabbin Reservoir watershed. The watershed supplies the drinking water for the City of Boston, Massachusetts and surrounding towns, over two million people.
We rarely stop to consider the source of our drinking water while so many on the globe go thirsty. We're even less aware of the sacrifices made so that we might have access to such abundance. The Quabbin Reservoir was constructed in the Swift River valley of Massachusetts during the 1930's, after a protracted search for sources of water for the growing population of Boston.
The creation of one of the largest public drinking water supplies in the United States was a monumental achievement of engineering requiring the destruction of four towns and the dislocation of thousands of individuals. Ironically, it's creation also resulted in an "accidental wilderness" of stunning beauty and profound ecological importance. The images presented in Water, Forest and Light offer us a glimpse of this wilderness, what was lost and what was gained.
James M. Hunt is an environmental, nature and fine art photographer in Worcester and Westborough, Massachusetts. Through his work, he attempts to tell important but often overlooked stories about the environment, its beauty, meaning and fragility. He is a graduate of the Photography Program of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University and has also studied at the International Center of PHotography and the Maine Media Workshops. James is also associate profssor of management and former chair of the management division of Babson College where he studies the impact of personal reflection on career development and leadership, and the use of digital media in story telling. He received a doctorate in Business Administration from the Boston University School of management.