"For me, childhood roaming was what developed self-reliance, a sense of direction and adventure, imagination, a will to explore, to be able to get a little lost and then figure out the way back.”
— Rebecca Solnit (A Field Guide to Getting Lost)
I love the feeling of being completely alone in nature because of the time I spent 'getting lost' as a child. I roamed our neighborhood and hid in the overgrowth of a vacant lot collecting caterpillars and bringing them home to make houses for them out of boxes. I created forts in the bushes with cookware and decorations and lived in a castle in the huge tree in our backyard for hours into the evening.
When we spent time on our sailboat I would sail around the harbor alone in an 8' Sabot or walk around the base of the seawall catching crabs and looking for stingrays.
I remember always wanting more: more freedom, more nature, more alone time, more space, and new places to do that in. Photography has been the catalyst for me that we all need, giving me a sense of freedom with an excuse to go into nature, explore new places, and get lost.