Tangled in the roots of magnolia and rhododendron, dogwoods and monkey grass, I smell the fresh promise of damp green moss, the humid warms the earth to mud and the moss is too heavy to lift…
I found myself at a point in my life where, in order to move forward, it became essential for me to explore the familial paths that lead me here and the genetic memory I carry of relatives known and unknown. I considered the ways in which I do and do not belong to my own ancestry.
These photographs were taken in and around the homes of my kin. While some of these structures are still used by my family, others have been abandoned and are in disrepair. It is in the quality of the light that I sensed the presence of my ancestors.
I moved intuitively through these spaces, photographing from a place of emotional connection, mystery, a longing to heal and gratitude...
for the many moons that came before me.
Surrender ~ as yearning unravels
Spirit and Oak
Making Room for What Matters ~ Audio Slideshow
Making Room for What Matters
An Audio Slideshow by Nancy Crute
Thanks to a chance invitation to participate in an Inipi (sweat lodge) Ceremony on a nearby farm, Nancy met Cheryl and her cow, Bridget. Bridget’s presence was so strong for Nancy that she began a photographic essay the next week! What started out as a photographic inquiry of Bridget the cow became the story of Cheryl and the cows that found her, an account of one woman’s conscious choice to love and the bravery to live her truth.
Cheryl took a leap of faith and followed her heart from working a job in the computer industry to maintaining a forty-acre farm and living close to the land. As Cheryl began this spiritual journey, influenced by the teachings of the Lakota people, a life of value began to unfold before her. Little did Cheryl know, by making room for what matters for herself, she was also making room for the cows to come home. Over the years neighborhood cows ended up on Cheryls land seeking grace and became part of the family.
Cheryl’s farm has been used as a harbor for people and animals alike. Spiritual seekers found their way to the farm for respite and the cows also came. Bridget being a very large white cow represented to Cheryl the white buffalo which is a sacred creature to the Lakota people. Bridgets presence was undeniable and this project was created in her honor. She has since passed on.