WHEN THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO GO

Originated within Belgium, at a time where little is possible due to the strict covid measures. The absence of a social and public lifestyle resulted in the practice of walking. Not only myself but people in great numbers also chose to wander in parks and nature reserves. Encounters who flee the city for nature are either immersed in the heart of a familiar environment or welcome the wild for the first time. This led to many passers-by on my path, accidental encounters avoiding boredom, unconstrained from conventions and freed from their masks.

 

At the same moment, the environment is suffering from numerous environmental problems. With a few exceptions, our nature reserves are small and fragmented. This makes them sensitive to side effects from agriculture, traffic and industry. Nitrogen is high on the list of threats to our nature, including the invasive exotic species that spread easily by humans cause compromised biodiversity. 

Flanders is one of the poorest forest regions in Europe, and despite that, there is a considerable biologically valuable area that enjoys little protection. Nature can play a role in storing carbon and protect us against the effects of climate change, such as drought and flooding. 

 

This series documents the corona walker and the vulnerable, yet valuable nature.