Imagine the Maine Woods National Park
A Fine Art Photography Exhibit
View the wild faces and places of the 3.2 million acre proposed Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit at the Camden Public Library in Camden, Maine from July 3 through July 30, 2018.
The exhibit, Imagine the Maine Woods National Park, featuring the work of award-winning photographers and authors, Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog, puts a face to the land and wild denizens of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Jean Picker Room. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
This exhibit will take you on a journey into the heart of Maine’s Great North Woods, and meet the denizens within their natural habitat, providing a unique opportunity to understand nature’s abundant beauty from a rarely visited wilderness. This is the same forest that Henry David Thoreau explored 150 years ago and is home to myriad species including moose, bear, brook trout, and migratory songbirds, along with several endangered and threatened species, including Canada lynx, and Atlantic salmon, among others.
Essays from notable environmental conservationists in support of the creation of the proposed park including President Jimmy Carter; Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director; Stewart Brandborg, former Executive Director of the Wilderness Society, and one of the major players in enacting the Wilderness Bill of 1964; and David Suzuki, world renowned environmental thinker, will complement the exhibit.
In 2007 the award-winning photography team of Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog created the Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project to provide education and inspiration, through photographs and words, to encourage society to work cooperatively to make the 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park a reality. After logging over 25,000 miles through Maine’s Great North Woods during the past 11 years, they have created a collection of images reflecting the raw splendor and fragility of this vast wilderness ecosystem. They hope the photographs change hearts and minds as to the urgency and importance about preserving this, the greatest undeveloped, unprotected and delicate ecosystem east of the Rockies.
About the exhibit, Tom Szelog stated, “The proposed 3.2 million-acre park is situated in the 10 million-acre heart of Maine’s Great North Woods, a remarkable wilderness area, worthy of protection for the benefit of all life, human and wild. It’s our obligation as the superior species to have the foresight, compassion and passion to protect what we have left of our natural world, of which we are a part. Otherwise it will result in our own destruction. Large mammals such as bear, moose and Canada lynx need wide, expansive areas in which to survive and thrive, so we need to be steadfast to a long-term vision of creating the 3.2 million acre park. Not every conservation battle will be won, but every conservation battle will be fought. We hope this exhibit is documentation of a paradise found rather than lost.”
Lee Ann said, “Our environment needs saving one ecosystem at a time. Progress is not always building the newest, most high-tech building, equipment, or device. Sometimes progress means preserving those things that do not need improvement, such as nature, wildlife and the Earth itself.”
The Szelogs have won numerous local, regional, and national awards for their photographs and have written and photographed two books, the multi-award-winning book, Our Point of View-Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse, and By a Maine River – A Year of Looking Closely. Thomas Mark Szelog has spent his entire life observing, writing and photographing wildlife. He has been a full-time professional photographer for 38 years, specializing in photographing wildlife, nature, and landscapes. He has earned the reputation and is often described as “one of Maine’s most renowned wildlife photographers,” and is a recipient of the Philip Hyde Award, presented annually to a photographer who is working to preserve the condition of the natural environment through the art of photography. Lee Ann is the President of Simply Put, LLC, specializing in presentations on communication, attitude, and human relations. As passionate wildlife advocates, they also work collaboratively, sharing their words and photographs in narrated photography presentations and books to educate and inspire people about the important role our natural world plays in our lives. For more information about the Project, please visit, www.mainewoodsnationalpark.com