Those of you who follow my work probably know that the majority of my photography is done to promote land conservation projects, primarily in New England. How I got there is a long story (I was a business major in college in Illinois with dreams of managing rock bands!,) but one thing that had a major influence on steering me in that direction was my first experience with New Hampshire’s White Mountains after moving to New England 25 years ago. I had seen the Rocky Mountains and Yosemite as a kid on family vacations, but my family wasn’t much for the outdoors, so I never went on a hike until I came to New England.
For a young twenty-something flatlander, hiking in the White Mountains was a dramatic eye-opening experience. After only a couple of hours of driving from Boston, I could set out to get deep into wild glacial cirques or high up on alpine ridges. I was quickly inspired to get into photography and I was further inspired to get involved with conservation groups after learning of the successful efforts to protect the White Mountains nearly a century before.
I could never have imagined 25 years ago that the wilderness character of “The Whites” would be at risk in 2013, but it is, thanks to a proposal to build 180 miles of transmission lines through New Hampshire. Ten miles of this line will be built in the White Mountain National Forest, including a ridge line crossing of The Appalachian Trail. So I am fighting this proposal the best way I know how, through photography and in this case video. I truly believe in the power of the visual arts to effect change, and I’m looking forward to spending the year producing a 30-minute documentary called The Power of Place. I’m funding the film through a Kickstarter campaign, which ends tomorrow night, and I hope you’ll take a look at my pitch below: