The general public thinks the environmental movement is over, that it has won. Electric cars, recycle boxes, greenhouse gases, accords and agreements. And yet the tide of humanity, resource development and shopping centers continues to destroy what is left of our wilderness. We were warned that the war is never over, never won. John Muir, Rachel Carson, David Brower, they knew. So did Thoreau, Frost, and Abbey. Three of the great environmentalists, conservationists, naturalists and philosophers in American history.They too knew that unless public focus was kept on nature, the destruction would continue. These three men lived in different times, living very different lives. But they had something in common. To all three, nature or wilderness was not just an idea. It was more than a philosophy. To each, it was experiential. They had been there, and each had a different take on the experience. To these three, it was political, evoking a response against corporations and governments.
This book is an attempt to create a photographic dialogue, a conversation as it were, among these three. Photographs from Frost's woods, Thoreau's Walden Pond, and The Arches National Park of Edward Abbey form the basis of the book.
They are writers, I am not. And so, with my camera, I have attempted to open a discourse among the four of us, Henry David, Ed, Robert, and me. I hope I have done well.