Rural Community: Scotland, Italy, and Spain
16 images Created 16 May 2014
Through the long days and slow time and rhythms of rural cultures and places, I am reminded of the limitlessness of childhood. In Scotland, Italy, and the Basque country I am connected to my earliest memories. Certain summer night smells of fresh cut grass and the Boise River, canopied by a star-filled sky, come back to me in a visceral way when I am photographing. I become filled with curiosity, openness, clarity and optimism. I set out with my camera in a walking meditation. Time passes slowly, days are long. I notice peaches dropping from a tree, the geometry of a massive bird migration, smoke curling down a path. I have no expectations, no agenda, only a quiet awareness of things. The birth of a calf or a senior dinner dance, a country fair, a girl cradling her favorite lamb, the sad regard of a bachelor in the village of Montefegatesi: here aching beauty and imminent loss live side by side. The people I encounter are generous beyond words, they remind me of what matters.