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The Reverie

At the end of 2020 I created the photo essay below for Adytum's first quarterly
published dossier exploring the inherently symbiotic relationship between humans and the natural world. 

Shot on Polaroid SX70.

SYMBIOSIS: An ecological relationship between two organisms from different species.

John Muir (1838-1914) was an author and environmental philosopher, among many other things. Muir passionately believed that our mental and physical wellbeing is directly affected by our connection with the natural world and that humans are better balanced cognitively, psychologically and physiologically when we connect with nature.

In his journals, Muir wrote that he believed humans enter a different kind of reverie when we become one with nature and explore its beauty. Our soul reveals parts of itself to us, which may have been otherwise lost or only illustrated in our dreams. I created this series of polaroids to reflect this type of reverie many of us experience when we venture out into the wild. 

I hope these photos inspire you to reconnect with the innate desire that is within all of us—to go back home, into ourselves, through nature. 

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” 

John Muir

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

John Muir

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