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Lost in Nature

A Snapshot Collection of People Hiding in Trees, Bushes, Fields, and Flowers



              A woman immersed in a field of flowers, c. 1940.

I have labored to learn, without a definitive answer, what made people embed themselves in tree, bushes, and plants when having their picture taken. When did this practice begin? Was this something people did only for the camera? If so, why? Perhaps it was it to show themselves as a part of the wondrous landscape. Perhaps it was to showcase their pride at the bumper crop of corn about to be harvested. The best answer I can give is that it was all of these reasons—and sometimes it was just to be silly for the camera. Whatever the reason, these images represent a peculiar slant on the vernacular photograph.

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If you would like to see more images from this collection, you may want to order my current 68-page color 12” x 12” book entitled “Now I See You: People Hiding in Nature” on Blurb, here.