Collectively humans are influential enough that we are changing the climate. Yet, individually we are vulnerable to the storms, droughts, heat waves, and freezes that result from climate change. No matter how much of our lives we spend inside, we are still a part of nature.
At a time when Americans, on average, spend 93 percent of their lives indoors, I photographed organizations and industries that bring people into contact with nature. I also photographed the people who are helping us see our connections with the larger living community: Neuroscientists researching the beneficial effects of spending time outside, and climate scientists measuring the degree to which human activity influences the atmosphere.
According to climate science, there is no place on Earth unaltered by people. Yet, neuroscience suggests that wild places are integral to our health and happiness. From literal urban jungles to so-called untarnished wilderness, my work examines our relationship to the natural world and the desire for “wild” places—even when those places are human constructions.
Lucas Foglia grew up on a farm in New York and lives in San Francisco. His photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, International Center of Photography in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Our Center in Libertyville, IL, is a workspace for Chicago-based staff, a retreat center for the Center's gatherings of thought-leaders, a laboratory in which to practice land-relationship ideas shared by Center contributors, and (one day soon) a welcoming space for periodic public events.
Center for Humans and Nature 17660 West Casey Road Libertyville, Illinois 60048 847-367-7330