As a kid I spent countless unplanned and unscheduled hours in fields, woods, ponds and rivers. From discovering salamander eggs in a vernal pool to watching a fox hunt at the forest's edge each exploration was mine alone. I knew the sound of wind through a winter forest. I knew the smell of fresh water and the silky deep black mud at a pond's bottom. As a young adult I moved to a city where there was no open place where I could walk to be truly alone. I had never been somewhere where I could not hear natural silence. For me this was disquieting. The experience of immersion, even for short periods of time, in places not dependent on human upkeep is important to me. This silence is what I look for when photographing a landscape with my large format film camera.