Have you ever felt the strong urge to be in nature? We can mentally become disconnected from nature because we’re now deeply embedded in a human-made world, the natural world can often be forgotten and overlooked and this may be contributing to our planet's destruction. In this photographic series “Back to Nature” I seek for that connection, a realization that we are part of an ecosystem that affects how we experience the world here and now; a shared space that influences our emotional response, beliefs and attitudes towards nature’. There are different perspectives on what a connection to nature is. For instance, it can be viewed as an extended sense of self, an identity that includes nature – a cognitive belief about our place in the natural world. Our society view people as separable from their environment, with health being a function of the individual. How about reflecting on ‘mind-body-nature connection’? Where our health depends on biological, psychological and natural environment factors.
Being in Nature awakens our imagination and provokes exploration. It creates a setting and space to swim, dive, walk , hike, climb, meditate, discover, providing a feeling of well-being and a place for self reflection. By looking inward we can realize a closer connection to nature. With this series, I take you to my space to pause in nature, a setting that enables me to prompt reflection bringing me meaning and joy.
Back to Nature is an art installation created to visually stimulate and transport the viewer to a natural scenery. The underwater photography and green surrounding wall, immerse the observer in a green, peaceful and wild environment. This art installation is meant to bring a connection to nature in an urban setting.
The imagery was created in Tulum, Mexico. Photographed in a natural pit called cenote. The word cenote comes from the Mayan word dzonot, which means “well." This natural pools are filled by rain and water flowing from underground rivers.
The preserved moss surrounding the imagery will consist of several moss species that will complement the underwater photography, bringing a natural energy to the installation while enhancing the natural natural setting of the image. Through natural conservation in an exchange process, the water in the plant is replaced by glycerine and the chlorophyll by food coloring. Plants are kept permanently beautiful and no maintenance is required. The conservation process does not involve any chemical substances.