...Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver, from "The Summer Day"
ARTIST STATEMENT: VESTIGES
Vestiges is a visual meditation on humankind's influence on nature. I created the series over several visits to a particular grove of Bristlecone Pine trees in their preferred habitat of rugged Colorado mountain tundra. These Pines, having lived for literally thousands of years, are, at last, dying. Their slow descent is the result of climate change and imported disease.
I captured the images in 2015-16 with Polaroid Type 665 positive-negative film that expired in 1986. The nature of the expired film--its imperfections and truncated tonal range--juxtaposed with the unique Bristlecone Pine forms, underscores the steadfast value of the past, and a sense of darkness as we move into a future where industry and technology supersede our adopting a balanced place in the natural world.