BIOPHILIA

2008-2017
California, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Florida, Maine

The Biophilia Hypothesis, coined by Harvard entomologist Edwin O. Wilson (1984), suggests the human genotype evolved with an innate affinity for living systems. “It was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. Wilson uses the term in the same sense when he suggests that biophilia describes ‘the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.’”

Biophilia is an ongoing exploration of human interactions with natural heritage sites in the United States. The odyssey has so far spanned 30,000-miles and captured 100,000 images and clips from around the country.

Initially intended to capture beautiful landscapes, Biophilia quickly evolved to document the consequential impacts of a changing climate on environments that have been stable for thousands of years. The alarming contrasts observed since 2008 took the abstraction of climate change and turned it into a tangibly visual experience; it confronts the viewer with meditations on creation, energy, attachments, identity, loss, and the memories that remain.

Their origins are drawn from the Olympic Peninsula in May and June of 2008, exploring the contrasts between protected old growth of the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park and the deforestation of the adjacent Quinault Indian Reservation.

REFERENCES –
Biophilia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-07442-4.
The Biophilia Hypothesis. Island Press. ISBN 1-55963-147-3.Wilson, Edward O. (1984).
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