We are earthly beings. We are not, and never have been, separate from the landscape, but a part of it, intricately entangled. In this ongoing series, I have attempted to blend into the landscape, showing how a body can exist in unison with the natural shapes and structures of the world. In these self portraits, I have imitated the shape of rocks with my body, squeezed into the crevices of the earth, emerged from the shore of a dusty pond. One aspect of this work is about me trying to understand my place in the world, looking outward and then back inward. It is about presence, awareness, and a return to Mother Nature. But another, more important aspect of this work is about shifting our mindset when it comes to thinking about our relationship to the environment. With more and more technological advancements, society is shifting towards a more urban existence, and in the process we have been disconnected from the natural world. As an effect of this, we over-consume, pollute, and destroy the very thing which sustains all life. In order for our actions and policies to change, we first must begin to see ourselves as a part of nature, not separate.
Emily White is a fine art photographer currently based in Providence, RI. She makes work about the relationship between the body and the landscape, perception, and the subconscious or inner self. She grew up in rural Virginia, and this is where she first began to see the profound effect the natural world has on the human psyche. Exploring the nearby woods and fields with a camera and tripod strapped on her back, she grew to understand the importance of nature and the responsibility we have to protect it. Today, White is attempting to spread awareness and shift mindsets when it comes to thinking about our role within the larger context of the natural world.