This is an artist statement from an extended series that I made for a course in color photography during my third year of college. ‘Threshold’ is the central image in this series.
Sometimes I think that I am a born treehugger. The word “nature” has always brought to mind Romantic images of sun glinting through the swaying branches of an oak, vibrant green leaves, fiery sunsets over a broad lake, or a thousand facets of moonlight glittering on fresh snow.
To such natural beauty the entrance of human structures seems a crude intrusion. They place the natural world at a distance, establishing barriers of fences or walls or glass panes.
And yet, it seems that distance itself may afford both a safety and changed perspective that make it possible to experience nature as pleasantly beautiful. The glistening snow, for example, might not look so beautiful if I did not have a warm home to protect me from it. I am left wondering, which comes first, admiration of nature’s ‘beauty’ or distance from it?