A Possible River (2017-18, photo essay and text published in Emergence Magazine, Summer 2018)

The Los Angeles River is arguably Southern California’s most poignant symbol of human attempts to alter the natural environment in the pursuit of development. In this photo essay, I am pondering nature and wildness in a place where the powerful have relentlessly trampled over them time and time again. It’s an exploration of the inherent need for the wild in our lives, despite our unending and often unsuccessful efforts to tame it.

This is also a meditation on the resiliency of the natural world despite what’s been lost; and of a river that might be possible, if we can learn from the mistakes of the not-too-distant past.