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Artist's Statement I photograph to make personal connections to the land and the water. Each image taken, each image brought into existence as a print, deepens my understanding, my feelings, my bond to places that insistently request my presence. To photograph the outdoor landscape today is an inherently "environmental" act. My aims however are not overtly scientific or political. Instead my environmental stance is both more indirect and fundamental. To be out in the land and on the water— smelling, touching, observing— simply being present over time— is to lay an individual, human claim against their neglect and exploitation as mere, inert raw material or worthless by-product. I strive to make a claim quite different from those of law or property. I strive for a bond of kinship, expressing through repeated contact: you are not divided from me; we are one. I am attracted not only to wild and isolated lands or majestic and powerful bodies of water, but more especially to the marginal and transitional: a suburban creek and storm sewer outlet, a bank eroded by agricultural run-off, a swampy and flooded river delta, a muddy and stinking river mouth, scrub black willow trees that survive on a precariously shifting boundary between land and water.... These are the places that I would like to reclaim— the sullen land, the polluted waters— that call for my presence.