William Wylie

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"… our native country is less an expanse of territory than a substance; it is a rock or a soil or an aridity or a water or a light." Gaston Bachelard, L'Eau et les Rèves


These photographs were made over a period of four years. From its source as snowmelt on the Continental Divide to its confluence with the South Platte on the eastern plains, The Cache la Poudre River is in effect a "working" river. Over-utilized by agriculture and recreation, threatened by the very real possibility of a dam (the nearby town of Fort Collins is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation AND in the midst of a devastating drought), the waterway is the focus of much attention and debate in Colorado. Although many sites retain the marks of human occurrences, the river itself remains wild and full of possibility.


In his book Science and Human Values, Jacob Bronowski states, we come to know a thing only by mapping and joining our experiences of its aspects." By paying attention to landscape we can begin to think about our place in nature; pictures allow us the quiet necessity of close inspection.

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