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September 29th, 2012 - 01:00 AM
“The Forest of the Southwest”
A photographic Documentary
To provide a photographic documentary of the National, State, Local Parks, and Recreation Centers that have been affected by fires, both naturally and caused by man in the state of Arizona in the past five (5) years. The goal is to document these events through photographic and present these images to the general public in an exhibit to help understand the importance of conservation and preservation, in order to practice and implement good stewardship.
It is my hope to show the struggle that nature and wild life must endure in order to survive in such horrific conditions where their whole eco system has been destroyed. It is my goal to capture how wildlife is forced to search outside its natural environments to seek food and shelter while nature goes through the long process of repairing its eco system. Secondly; I would like to show how the surrounding communities are also affected not only by what these environments no longer provide, but by what happens when wildlife is killed, displaced and forced to find food and shelter in these surrounding communities.
As a photographer of Nature and wild life, I have come to not only understand the importance of preserving and conserving our parks and recreation centers but also the impact that our carbon foot prints leaves on these environments. This information as allowed to me to look very closely at the images I photograph and whether we have left such a foot print in these surrounding and whenever possible to show that impact in my work.
In order to accomplish these goals I will work with the forest and parks commissions to develop the captions for the images, along with interviewing various members of the surrounding communities to find out how these fires have affected their communities.
If you would like to know more about the "South West" project please feel free to drop me a message, just click on the contact tab and sending me an email. I will reply to all messages.
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