Big Ivy Conservation
"The Big Ivy section of Pisgah National Forest is a unique, bio-diverse ecosystem in the mountains of western North Carolina. My photography explores the edge between greed and balance, man and nature. I display unique and endangered aspects of this grand biosphere, intertwined with environmental portraits that emotionally link human interaction to the forest, highlighting these feelings with the words of my subjects. My project culminates into a visual narrative, putting forth that the entire Big Ivy section of Pisgah National Forest should be protected from logging, ensuring not only the forest's health, but the people's as well. This project is an environmental portrait of an endangered forest, human significance, and life."
— Steven McBride