My greatest wonder in life has always been where does it all come from? I remain engaged with the world, by holding on to my invaluable curiosity for life. During my time with BYFA I have attempted to capture life in its most intimate and intriguing forms. What I have gathered thus far, is that like people, all forms of life have their own story, waiting to be understood.


Through the Natural Landscape class, Deon’s photographs have come to represent an interest in looking closely at insects’ interactions with the natural environment, from plants as food sources to resting and/or nesting locations. He is interested in uncovering the multifaceted community that exists beyond what is apparent at first glance. 

—Colette Veasey-Cullors



My images are a representation of me. They represent my interest, my thoughts and what grabs my attention. They visually speak the thoughts of a mind that gravitates towards what is pure but also what is disturbing, what is reckless but also what is peaceful. There are things we look at and then there are things that we don’t give a second thought to, as well as some things we don’t even notice.

But then there are those objects and those textures that hold our attention and visually speak to us. Those are the objects that I capture. Those plants, that building, the moving waves, artifacts that tell their story through a first glance, and then through what we call a photograph.


When beginning to photograph our shots, I found myself falling into patterns: capturing the tops of trees, tracking human effects on nature, close-ups of flowers, and shots that were particularly jarring. What I took from my multitudinous journey was that there is no one landscape. Nature is shaped and reshaped all the time, not to mention how any one individual reconstructs it for themselves. What’s resulted here is my prism of the breadth of landscapes.


I focused on capturing circular designs and shapes throughout nature. The spider web can trap many things but sunlight is beyond its grasp.




My photographs are a representation of my inner spirit blooming, my good nature and heart, as well as proof that all things have the power to grow.


Téa’s photographs highlight the use of the landscape as a framing mechanism. This framing allows her to create a centralized window into a deeper focus within the landscape. 

—Colette Veasey-Cullors


Within his photographs, Jerome sought to capture the tranquil beauty found in the natural landscape. He focused on capturing the beauty of flowers through pastel colors and delicate textures. 

—Colette Veasey-Cullors


Where there is death, there is life.


Hi, my name is Quinn T. Wise. This short series focuses on humans’ reactions to experiencing nature through the five senses.
We avoid revolting smells, but pleasant smells invite us to come near. Taste allows us to enjoy the delightful and decadent pleasures that this world has to offer. Touch can be comforting, delicate, firm, flirtatious, curious— even gleeful at times. And, if it wasn’t for sight, we wouldn’t even be able to look up at beautiful blue skies on a sunny day.
Some think hearing is the sense that some people say they could live without. They’re happy to pass up their nagging wife, annoying boss, or that one friend that always has to talk loud even when they’re right next to you! But this sense is crucial because it can help us hear things in the distance. For example— let’s say you’re out camping with your friends, cooking food over the fire, drinking some beers. Then suddenly, you hear a noise. It sounds like a wild animal is getting closer to the campsite. If you are able to hear something before you see it, it might just save your life and the lives of others around you!
There are so many wondrous things to experience through the senses, and that is what I wanted to accomplish with this short series. Touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing are all important to the human experience, because they allow us to better interact and understand the world around us.