The Greed of Man, Random Thoughts – As the new year progresses, I find myself re-evaluating my values as both an environmental photographer and outdoor enthusiast. The sacred places I love and cherish in the New Hampshire White Mountains are all falling victim to the greedy hand of man.
The trail system is being vandalized in different ways, the fragile alpine zone is being trampled, and designated wilderness areas are under constant attack by the new anti-conservationist movement. And with social media being what it is, many want social recognition, so they leave their mark everywhere in the White Mountains.
Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts (campers, fisherman, hikers, skiers, etc.) visit the White Mountains every day and then leave. And they do not see the impact from the greedy hand of man. But us locals are seeing it first hand. And what is worse, the New England outdoor community supports the greed in different ways.
We support businesses that want to build in the fragile alpine zone. We donate our hard earned money to trail maintenance organizations that have members who willfully vandalize the National Forest. And we support politicians who want to invade New Hampshire’s designated wilderness areas. And I am sure you can think of many other ways we contribute to the greed. As an outdoor community, why do we support these guys? We all complain about the human impact in the White Mountains, and yet we support the greed. It makes no sense.
Before I became a photographer, I was a hiker, and I spent an excessive amount of time exploring the White Mountains trail system. I wanted to hike every inch of the White Mountains. But once photography took over my life, this goal changed. I now use photography to create awareness for the White Mountains environment, an environment near and dear to my heart.
Greed and selfishness are destroying New Hampshire’s wild places. And I hope my photography encourages all of you to speak up against this movement that is hell bent on defacing the White Mountains.
Happy image making..
This article is part of a 12 part series that focuses on my random thoughts as an environmental photographer living in the New Hampshire White Mountains. To license any of the above images, click on the image.