“Sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spatial perception together.”― Rebecca Solnit, Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West
I am excited to be publishing a book inspired by this quote in collaboration with Tytia Habing. It has been a great experience to commit to a collaboration, edit through each other’s photographs and then to discover an amazing parallel in our work. We knew we had something powerful when we both kept sharing our work about our boys. Boys seem to be a rare subject in fine art photography and since I am definitely not a uber feminine photographer so I have always had to trust my instincts in creating the more rugged work about my son.
Tytia Habing and I met several years ago through our photography blogs. We have never met in person yet our visual connections bind us strongly together and we have discovered so many similarities in our hopes and dreams. I have always enjoyed supporting the evolution of other photographer’s work and talking to Tytia every day through social media has helped me grow as a photographer and as a mentor.
Our similar life values and an interest in documenting our sons growing up wild and free lead to the inception of The Sixth Sense. Living at opposite ends of the country in very different wild surroundings evokes a surprising parallel between our sons. We both document our boys with our own personal style of photography while allowing them to be engaged within their environments. We have discovered that they are forming a special bond with their surroundings as they develop acute geographical knowledge and a sense of physical confidence about themselves and their everyday domains of earth and sea.
Our images come together as a tableau of the fleeting childhood playground. Richard Louv says in his National Bestseller Last Child in the Woods:
“Within the space of a few decades, the way children understand and experience nature has changed radically. The polarity of the relationship has reversed. Today, kids are aware of the global threats to the environment—but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature, is fading.”
We are offering two different covers-one with my image titled “Threshold” and one with Tytia’s image titled “Cosmos.” You can make your selection at the time of purchase.
We are also offering limited edition prints of four of our images from the book. This publishing of the book is entirely in black and white but one of my images will be offered as a full color fine art print. It is an award winning image and has been produced as a magazine cover for Great Ocean Quarterly and was selected as a winning image and will appear in Communication Arts Magazine Photo Annual 2014.