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Beyond the Landscape

For me, living in the city comes with feelings of comfort, security, and structure. I’m so used to these feelings, that I forget they’re just mental constructs. In Northern Quebec, these concepts don’t exist, nor have they ever existed.

Standing by a lake in Northern Quebec, I remember hearing nothing. This experience was uncomfortable, because I knew that nobody would be able to find me if I got lost. I couldn’t dial “911” and get help in an emergency. Nonetheless, it felt humbling. For once, nature was boss, and I had to play by her rules.

My landscapes are expressions of being disconnected from modern society in natural environments that are untouched by the rest of the world. Sometimes I wonder whether this disconnection from modern society is a good thing, or not. Isn't the uncomfortable feeling of being alone in the Arctic more realistic than assuming that society is reliable and safe?

Pictured above: "Impressions of a Boreal Forest" by Kerbla Edzerdlais licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

 

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