Lost: Determining a Sense of Presence

"For the majority of my hike, tall trees filled my vision, an unfamiliar quiet sat in my ears, and smells of dust and leaves and cool shadows surrounded me, but I continued through the environment with aching limbs, a heavy pack, an overwhelmed head, and a hurried pace. Surely my own agenda changed my perception of my surroundings; I had not entered nature to have a relationship with the space, but only to leave it again."

This book, in its design and in the essay it contains, considers the extent to which an individual feels present in an environment, as determined by their sense of control. 

Completed in Winter 2017, using watercolor, hand-cut paper, and digitally printed. 

All work and illustrations, © 2020 by Kaelin O'Hare.

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