Photographed along the periphery of communities in rural northern California, my images explore inconspicuous and unspectacular places and things suggestive of regulation, erosion, refuge, and destruction. I have photographed evidence of controlled and uncontrolled wildfires, intentional and unintentional pathways, and the landscaping and cultivation of public and private spaces. Combining documentary images with deliberately staged photographs, I seek to imply a narrative between the orderly efforts of human interaction in the natural environment and its untamable wildness. It is through this ambiguity that I intend to question the nature of nature, and negotiate my own sense of quietness and humility towards the natural world.
Sequoia Park, Eureka, CA, 2009