Place is a geography of rock, river, field and woods.
Place has a history, natural as well as human. Place is a home,
be it homestead, henhouse, town, nest, den or cave. Place pushes
lifegiving energy through one's own body and soul and renews it.
Place enshrines past desires and future hopes for those who dwell
there and for this photographer.
My cameras have been focused on southwestern rural Wisconsin and rural Illinois for more than thirty years. At first, my observations included the woods, river and prairies outside my door; then the closing and division of almost 10,000 acres and thousands of structures of the nearby Badger Army Ammunition Plant; even the ravages wrought by highway projects. All of these describe this place.
Still later, 'place' in this same region expanded to include the ongoing encounter of people and nature, both beneficial and conflictual, as seen in my portfolios of controlled prairie burns and sandhill cranes. I saw further into this same spot on the map only to discover places out of time but in mind and space where humans, nature and cultural history intersect.