Lucas Foglia Human Nature
Conservationists often disagree about how humankind should best move forward from the damage we have already done. Traditionalists argue that we should put a boundary around wild spaces to preserve them, but there is no way to contain the effects of people.
More radical conservationists propose moving all people to green cities, supplied with renewable energy and sustainable agriculture, so the countryside can re-wild itself.
Responding to this debate, I befriended and photographed people who are working towards a positive environmental future despite the enormity of the task. Human Nature is a series of interconnected stories about our reliance on the natural world and the science that fosters our relationship to it. Each story is set in a different ecosystem: city, forest, farm, desert, ice field, ocean, and lava flow. From a newly built rainforest in urban Singapore to a Hawaiian research station measuring the cleanest air on Earth, the photographs examine our need for “wild” places – even when those places are human constructions.
Hope fuels the work of the people I photographed and drives how I use their images. I exhibit prints of my photographs in galleries, festivals, and museums. I publish photographs in books, in magazines, and on social media. I also give my photographs to local and international organizations to use for advocacy. All are different methods of storytelling, and there is activism and optimism in each of them.
About the author
1983, United States
San Francisco, United States
Lucas Foglia grew up on a farm in New York and currently lives in San Francisco. His third book, Human Nature, was published in 2017 by Nazraeli Press.
Foglia’s prints are held in major collections including Denver Art Museum; Foam, Amsterdam; the International Center of Photography, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Joana Choumali, Ça va aller, 2016-2019
Shahidul Alam, Still She Smiles, 2014
Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Cry Sadness into the Coming Rain, 2014 - 2018
Rena Effendi, Transylvania: Built on Grass, 2012
Lucas Foglia, Human Nature, 2006 – 2019
Janelle Lynch, Another Way of Looking at Love, 2015-2018
Gideon Mendel, A Testament of Faded Memory, 2016
Ross McDonnell, Limbs, 2012
Ivor Prickett, End of the Caliphate, 2016 - 2018
Robin Rhode, Principle of Hope, 2017
Awoiska van der Molen, Am schwarzen Himmelsrund, 2010-2018
Alexia Webster, Street Studios, 2011-2018