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Tuskegee National Forest is a photographic-documentary project that responds to the constant flux the natural world undergoes: death, rebirth, and the ever-evolving process of life. This body of work is merely a beginning, or a first chapter, in an ongoing series exploring the boundaries of Tuskegee National Forest, and its immediate surrounding area.
An important aspect of this section of land is humanity’s interaction with the landscape. Previously one of the most abused pieces of land in Alabama’s history, Tuskegee National Forest has undergone an expansive rehabilitation program attempting to restore the land. From 1935 to 1938, the federal government purchased 10,358 acres during the Submarginal Land Program, which laid the foundations for the rebirth of the forest. Today, the forest is a multi-use place for recreation such as hiking, mountain biking, sport shooting, fishing, and managed timber harvesting.
Having only lived in the Southeast for four years, I have been fascinated with the change in landscape compared to New England, my previous home. The Southern woods are choked full with dense undergrowth and even become nearly impassable in sections, and have an inexplicable sense of mystery. Drawing upon naturalist William Bartram’s travels throughout the Southeast, I navigate the woods with the inquisitive eye of a new explorer.