Fe·ral (Feral /ˈferəl,ˈfirəl) A Work in Progress (adj. unbroken, not tame, returned to the wild from latin – ferus – wild) – NEW PHOTO DISPLAY

Exhibit by Corinth Artist, Anne Bergeron

 

“The roughened bodies of old trees, the fluidity of the female form, the way water reflects and absorbs light, and the commingling of all three, are the threads I am weaving together as I explore explore my inseparability from nature.

I am curious about how we keep ourselves feral-untamed, unbroken – as our wild places diminish, and as insects, amphibians, fish, plants, animals, and humans lose natural habitats. I am grateful for the ways the camera helps me to answer this question, and how my relationship with the camera’s eye inspires my feral self.

I love to place myself in the cavities of old trees. To sit at the edge of a beaver pond and watch late day become evening.  To follow the silky stem of a water lily below the surface, down to where its roots anchor in sand.
To wrap my arms around the body of a tree and stay there for a long time.  I love the weight of the camera in my hands, and the way it feels to lift its eye to mine.

We live in a world that loses 10 million hectares of forest a year, and in a state that loses approximately 11,000 acres of forest annually.*

I feel these losses deeply.
Making images is one of many practices that restores me.”

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The photographs in this exhibit are digital images. I edit with iPhoto software on my laptop and try to keep each image as close to what the camera, tree, woman, water, and I, in collaboration, saw, felt, and created together in the moment. Thank you for spending a bit of time with them.

Printing by Dana Ceccarelli, Ripples Studio and William Morse, Boston

Anne Bergeron                     1 March 2024                        annebergeronvt.com

While 74% of the state is covered by forests, a closer look reveals that our forests are being converted and fragmented by rural sprawl. According to the Forest Service, 14,207 acres of forest land are converted on average to non-forest every year. This means there is an average net loss of approximately 11,000 acres of forests a year since roughly 3,000 acres of non-forest revert back to forest on an annual basis. (Source: USDA Forest Service. 2019. Forests of Vermont, 2018. Resource Update FS-212. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.)

A Few of the Many Organizations – and Legislation –

Working on Behalf of  Reforestation:

Worldwide and U.S.:

Tree Sisters

World Wildlife Fund

Sierra Club

Vermont:

Act 59

Community Resilience and Biodiversity Protection Act or 30 x 30

Nature Conservancy, Upper Valley Land Trust, Vermont Land Trust,

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, Northeast Wilderness Trust, Rich Earth Institute

-Anne Bergeron