Upstate New York

After living and photographing in the American West for several decades, I moved East in 2006. In the West, milllons of acres — in the form of national and state parks, national forests, and BLM lands — are accessible to the public. In striking contrast, Columbia County, New York, where I now live, is 97% privately owned. Photographing landscape here means accessing private property. This entails trespassing, seeking the owner’s permission, or confining one’s self to the view from the road. As a wanderer and as a photographer, I feel a loss of freedom. Yet I appreciate that private property offers a revealing look at cultural values. How we choose to design, alter, manage and use our land reflects our ideas about nature, about home and property ownership, and about visual beauty.      Back to Series