Dawn B. Colsia
Preserving Nature in the City: A Daily Walk Around Jamaica Pond
Every morning I walk around Jamaica Pond with my camera in one hand and my dog in the other. What started as a daily walk has become my morning meditation and reflection on the role nature has played in my life. Each day I observe young and old alike walk, run, read, fish, sail, play music and relax along the Pond’s edges. As I walk around the Pond I encounter unexpected wonders of nature such as bald eagles, blue herons, turtles and swans.
Jamaica Pond exists within the City of Boston at the intersection of stately mansions, family homes, triple-deckers, condominiums and apartments. The winding Jamaica Way that surrounds the Pond was built for horses not automobiles so there are traffic jams caused by those rushing to and from work. Drivers honk, folks ride bicycles and pedestrians walk to their destination within view of the 68-acre Jamaica Pond, which is largest body of water within the City of Boston.
Jamaica Pond offers a refuge from busy lives and access to nature within the City. This project highlights our shared responsibility to protect natural spaces within urban environments, and the hope that future generations will benefit from the wonders of the Pond.
Dawn Colsia is a documentary photographer who combines her life-long love of photography with her passion for social change. Dawn uses her photographs to create awareness and dialogue about important political and cultural issues. Her images act as a medium to explore and influence the values and priorities of our society.
In addition to advocacy photography, Dawn enjoys making images of nature, especially the ocean, which reminds her of the towns where she grew up along the North Shore of Boston.
Prior to being a photographer, Dawn practiced law and was a mediator. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. Dawn has exhibited her work in juried group exhibitions at the 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC; the Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA; and the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. She was awarded ‘Artist of the Year’ by the Cambridge Art Association in 2017.
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