EAST RIVER AND THE SANCTUM WE WALK

"Nature-study, as a process, is seeing the things that one looks at, and the drawing of proper conclusions from what one sees. Its purpose is to educate the child in terms of his environment, to the end that his life may be fuller and richer. Nature-study is not the study of a science, as of botany, entomology, geology, and the like. That is, it takes the things at hand and endeavors to understand them, without reference primarily to the systematic order or relationships of objects. It is informal, as are the objects which one sees. It is entirely divorced from mere definitions, or from formal explanations in books. It is therefore supremely natural. It trains the eye and the mind to see and to comprehend the common things of life; and the result is not directly the acquiring of science but the establishing of a living sympathy with everything that is."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey 

We initiated a photographic survey of the East River Park in the spring of 2011 in an effort to understand the effects of the park on the individual.  This documentation, which was inspired by a desire to take personal refuge from the confinement of the city, quickly evolved into a project of social and environmental importance. The photographs portray the many areas of the East River Park that have been neglected for years. With the support of the local community and Partnership for Parks, we organized three coastal cleanups in 2012.  We have produced a book to make a historical record of the progress to date.

 

Chapter 1:  Study of the Landscape

Chapter 2:  Study of the Person