These beautiful photographs, taken by Kari Medig’s for his ‘Back To The Land’ series, capture the the relationship between man and nature in rural Canada.
Kari started out with photography every since his parents used to take him, his sister and the dog around remote areas of Canada taking photographs of wild mushrooms, forests, lakes and mountains. Kari inherited the cameras and started making his own pictures.
The moment he has been taking pictures of Canada, finding a way to bring man and nature together in harmony. He has been on a journey, or as he puts it, purposefully wandering, finding the commonality in everything and in these pictures he looks to redefine the Canadian relationship with nature. Kari is particularly comfy in snowy places, steep or flat. He has a penchant for 120 film, drinks at least two coffees a day and relates well to folks with beards. The tougher and more remote the environment, the happier he is.
As he says himself: "This relationship is often depicted in Canada in terms of survival, but I want to show that it can also be contemplative, joyous, humorous or harsh. This theme influences much of my work even when I’m not shooting in Canada. The first image is of Malcolm, a fellow whose expression and presence I feel really embodies the more mystical side of the human/nature relationship.
The human/nature interface creates an edge we are constantly walking along, especially in rural areas. Historically, this tension is often depicted in terms of survival, but I wanted to show it could be a bit more contemplative, joyous, humorous, yet still occasionally harsh. Once I realized this, the project seemed to take on more of a cohesive form."
There are great pictures; simply constructed, with a clear intent and overriding sense of connection to life.