“There is a diverse wildlife habitat thriving within these remaining acres of untouched land which includes forest, meadows, wetlands & much old growth. The Tankerhoosen River bisects much of the Forest. Although you can hear the hum of i84 in the distance, the trees seem to sift out much of the new world that surrounds it. This land used to be owned by the Belding Family, a prominent family in Vernon's history. They lived on this land, maintained it and cared for it for many years, until the land was given to DEEP to maintain & protect. One of the few remnants of their presence that remains on this land is the chimney from one of their cabins.
I think about the many fires that must have been had around that hearth; I think about the ways the land may have sustained them (physically & emotionally), even though they were its stewards; What it was like to be surrounded by pine trees and quiet; How the trees and this chimney were a witness to their lives and the passing of time; How this chimney is a vestige of solace. With these photos, I hope to somehow personify all of the above through the chimney and its surrounding environments.”
Alyssa McDonald (b. 1993, Vernon, CT) is a New England native and photographic artist based in Boston. She graduated with honors from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. She continues to pursue her own photography while working as a photographer's assistant & studio manager.