Clyde Butcher’s photographs explore his personal and profound relationship with the environment. For more than 40 years, Butcher has preserved untouched areas of the landscape onto black-and-white film. Capturing his images with an 8” x 10” and 11” x 14” view camera, Butcher prints his limited editions on fiber-based paper toned with selenium for archival purposes.
“Wilderness, to me, is a spiritual necessity,” says Butcher. After his son was killed by a drunk driver, the photographer fled to the wilderness, searching for serenity and equilibrium. “The mysterious spiritual experience of being close to nature helped restore my soul.” It was then that Butcher discovered the intimate beauty of the environment. “My experience reinforced my dedication to use the art of photography as an inspiration for others to work together to save nature’s places of spiritual sanctuary for future generations.”