Towpath & Pond Trail

Towpath & Pond Trail reflects not only two contemplative walks taken in the Spring and the Fall of 2005, but also the history of the specific landscape: a long-unused section of the Miami and Erie Canal, now a public park. The former towpath is a hiking trail, and the canal bed a grassy depression for picnics and play.

As the photographer/perambulator, I found the Great Miami River as wide as ever and nearly as wild. The nearby pond trail wanders through woods which once filled the vast Ohio Valley watershed and are now confined to acreage preserved here and there between suburban houses, highways, and the remaining farms.

The tones of daylight, as well as the sprinkling of dandelions or fallen leaves, display the seasonal variation between the 25th of April and the 26th of October, exactly a half-year apart.

I photographed this subtle landscape as a tribute to the area where I grew up and to my parents and grandparents who spent their lives along the course of the river.

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Limited edition of 10 handmade books.
39 images. 48 pages. 8-by-10-inch page size (20 x 25 cm).
Prints of individual images: 17 x 22 inches, edition of 20.
Prints made by the photographer on 100% rag paper with archival pigment inks.