Re-imagining Eden is a narrative in three parts about loss and change. The 17th century English poet, John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost that our human identity derives from a reflection of the natural world. In the modern era we are involved in a vast cultural shift where direct experience of rural nature is being replaced by a virtual one. How this ultimately will affect our attitudes towards and relationship with land is a question for our modern era.
To make this dilemma visible, I photographed my child moving from youth to maturity in settings that portray her on-going experience with rural nature. The arc of her participation is a metaphor for society’s move away from identifying with the natural world. This separation from nature and loss of innocence corresponds to the distance that I watched develop between my daughter and myself, as she grows up.