I spend time each week in the woods; I find my hours there nurturing and healing. Walks enable me to slow down, and all my senses are heightened. I’m drawn to photograph a moment or scene that moves me – the play of light through overhead leaves; lichen attached to a rock face; a rotting log hosting new life; a tree limb arching over a vernal pool.
Humans evolved in nature, seeing green vegetation and blue sky, smelling the scent of trees, hearing the sounds of animals, feeling the weather on our skin. We are part of the natural world and it is within us. In our busy lives many of us have lost that connection. My own working years included a commute in a car followed by a long day in an office; I enjoyed the benefits of nature on occasional walks, hikes and vacations.
My goal with ‘Nature Nurtures’ is to remind us of our connection to the natural world, to value and enjoy it for our physical, emotional and spiritual health. With the environment threatened by exploitation and neglect, a deep appreciation of the natural world can also motivate us to protect and preserve it.
Larry Raskin’s interest in photography has deepened as his appreciation has grown for photography’s power to tell a story or capture a moment that brings the unnoticed or unexpected into view.
Widely traveled, he documents cultures and the environment at home and abroad. A social justice activist, he photographs local programs, events and people ‘on the street’. An avid walker, he also spends many happy hours on New England trails, capturing the interplay of light, plants, water and geological formations.
Raskin has studied at the DeCordova Museum, Omega Institute and Griffin Museum of Photography. Membership in Boston-area art museums and the Newton Camera Club provide opportunities for new learning, colleagueship and inspiration.
Raskin has exhibited in group shows at the Cambridge and Watertown Art Associations, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Mosessian Center for the Arts, Photographic Resource Center and Griffin Museum of Photography. His work has also been seen in community settings such as the Brigham House Senior Residence, Newton Public Library, Newton City Hall and West Newton Cinema.
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