Camping in the modern age is a strange mix of the natural and the technological; We as humans create and use technology to facilitate a return to nature, existing in a liminal space between escape and dependency, the untouched and the constructed. There is a tension between our pride in our technological achievements in the face of nature, and a sense of loss for the environment we are now hoping to recapture. Through personal writing, photography, and illustration, every summer explores this contrast between nature and technology, seeking to capture the peacefulness of a return to nature, while also facing the reality that we will always be separate from it.
I started this project as a way to document annual camping trips with my dad, creating a personal reflection and featuring the photos I’ve taken over the years. I began by researching style inspirations and compiling my photos as a way to get a sense of the aesthetic I wished to pursue.
This project began with a lot of experimentation. I explored with various image treatments and editorial layouts, as well as colour palettes and typefaces. My work began from a more eclectic place at first, but this treatment felt overdone and meaningless. Looking at my progress up to this point, I decided to take a more minimal approach, focusing on a limited colour scheme and a single type-size.
To create the illustrations for the book, I traced photographs, seeking to emulate the style of technical drawings and isolated product shots.