Repossession by Tim Hyde
From the beginning, from our earliest tribal memories, there was a struggle between man and nature. Many believe that humans are winning the conflict and will soon conquer the planet; they use words such as rape and pilage, metaphors of rout. These assertions are just another form of human arrogance.
It is self-evident that nature will prevail in the end. events such as floods and earthquakes are dramatic demonstrations of the planet's redemptive powers. Mother earth - nature - is relentless. She is patient, but in the end she cleanses herself of man's works, utterly, without pity or remorse.
And yet, nature does so with whimsy sometimes. She rearranges in colorful and symmetrical patterns. There is a certain sad but also uplifting beauty in these catastrophes and erosions, the spectacle of reclamation. That is what I am trying to capture.
These photographs are part of an ongoing project on nature's preeminence.
Tim Hyde lives and works in Washington, DC.
To view more of Tim's work, please visit his website.