What is wilderness? Maybe it's the raw, untameable nature found in rugged expanses of remote regions, or sprawling landscapes abundant in wildlife and unhindered by the man-made intrusions. It may be our cabins in the woods, or even found within the confines of our back gardens. Or perhaps it is something much deeper: that exhilarating and intangible sense of being unbound from our modern constructs, tied instead to our environment and at the mercy of the natural world.
This volume reflects on how perceptions of wilderness evolve and change – how wilderness has been feared, conquered, and revered. It contemplates how we may embrace our wilder selves and become more in tune with nature. It discovers how creativity and collective vision can create positive change, and how wildlands can inspire and enliven us. It explores spaces shared with other species, and thinks about how we may offer environmental stewardship and protect our last remaining wild places.
This volume includes:
• The wonders and frustrations of building and living in a cabin. • Mule packing in Montana with Chris Eyer. A tale of heart and hooves and wild places. • Printmaker Kelli MacConnell discuses how her relationship with nature continually inspires her work. • Questioning the implications, problems and necessities of separating humans from wilderness • One of the most ambitious rewilding projects in Europe and its vision for Romania’s future. • How untouched are our wild places really? Palaeoecology holds the key to finding out. • Authentic ways to reconnect with our innate sensibilities and feel more entwined with nature. • Marine conservation for environmental activists striving to protect our largest wilderness. • Ed & James Harrison combine design and conservation in their new project, Under the Skin. • The bosky landscapes of Romania’s Carpathians and the country’s tousled relationship with its natural surrounds. • The indigenous peoples of Tierra del Fuego and their harmonious relationship with the natural world. • How photographer Bruno Augsburger’s exposure to wild nature has shaped his worldview and creative practice.