9. Why do we destroy what we nurture? How can photography find a space in that conflict?
have thought about that quite a bit lately, the idea that if we find
something beautiful or desirable then we want to use it, possess it or
look at it. This very desire means the subject isn't as beautiful
anymore because of our presence. Photographs are at their best when
they have contradiction, so I see this conflict as a natural fit.
10. To what extent should we protect environments we might never experience (Antarctica, remote parts of National Parks, etc)?
I agree with what Wallace Stegner' wrote in his 1960 "Wilderness Letter" to congress: "Without any remaining wilderness we are committed wholly, without chance
for even momentary reflection and rest, to a headlong drive into our
technological termite-life, the Brave New World of a completely
man-controlled environment. We need wilderness preserved--as much of it
as is still left, and as many kinds--because it was the challenge
against which our character as a people was formed. The reminder and the
reassurance that it is still there is good for our spiritual health
even if we never once in ten years set foot in it."
11. What can the wilderness do for us that other places can't?
has the ability to show us where we came from. I guess I worry, like
Stegner, that if these places disappear we will be a civilization
without a compass, our sense of time and place will be lost.