I received the Picturing Trails commission in 2017, a project in partnership with 4Culture and King County Parks to comprehensively capture and interpret the Regional Trail System through photography. I spent a year on the Regional Trails of King County photographing from October 2017 to October 2018.
Walking the trails one sees how the natural world and built world collide. You will see the industry through the trees and the lights of cars and the straight lines of buildings interacting with the natural lines of nature.
I remember the first time I went out with my camera to photograph on the RTS. I began on the Mountains to Sound Trail. Off of Beacon Ave where the trail starts, I looked to the right and immediately saw forest. The trees seemed endless and impressively wild, like I had just stepped into the woods and was not standing in the middle of Seattle’s urban core. I started photographing thinking of that feeling—the feeling of being transported into the wild, into a different state of mind and how nature encourages this.