As technology becomes the dominant force in our society, most of us have become disconnected from the natural world. Our perspectives have shifted to recognize man-made landscapes, while becoming more ambivalent, passive, and lost in natural environments. Still, there are underlying connections between all of us—and nature—that quietly evoke an inherent sense of togetherness. And in many ways, where we are makes us more acutely aware of who we are.
During a period that brought an unprecedented sense of isolation, my partner, Bill Cruz and I were awarded a project residency at the Deering Estate. A 450-acre natural, archeological and historical preserve located along the edge of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. The time spent on our work at the Deering Estate provided rare moments of tranquility and normalcy. Even as the “civilized” world was upended, the natural world just seemed to go on as it always has. It was the only place where we felt that nothing had changed. Our need for a connection with nature became more apparent, as did the realization that it had been sorely missing in our everyday lives.
A Hidden Conversation is part of a larger multimedia collaborative project. These large-format color photographs represent the ephemeral—the transient state of nature that demonstrates its fluidity and fragility, even within the permanence of its existence. They invite the viewer to experience the brief moments that bear witness to the ways in which nature speaks to us and the responses that are encoded into our own essence.