2010 – 2011 (ongoing)
Like many expatriate New York urbanites, I moved to the Catskills many years ago to escape the stress and confinement of the city and surround myself with the scenic natural beauty and leisure activities of the famous Hudson Valley. This series documents my family and our immediate surroundings as we try to relax and enjoy living in the small town of Phoenicia, NY. As I watch my children grow up through the passing seasons, I reflect on their fading innocence as a metaphor for the loss of natural wilderness and the growing awareness of mortality. We share in moments of joy and bliss, but there is often a vague sense of foreboding and despair as we battle hurricanes, blizzards, insects and witness the slow but inevitable decay and destruction of our environment. The forces of nature combined with relentless development and maintenance of the suburban infrastructure reveal an underlying theme of irony and pathos below the surface of the idyllic landscape. Despite this underlying desperation in our feeble attempts to commune with Nature, the series also reveals an unexpected tranquility, beauty and even some humor in these isolated moments extracted from living in Vacationland.