“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” - Thoreau, Walden, 1854
Transcendentalist poets Emerson and Thoreau explored the connection between solitude and nature, asking the question; ‘are we really alone when surrounded by wildlife?’ For myself, I escape to nature to achieve solitude and serenity in the ambient sounds of the environment. This enables me to free my mind and escape momentarily from the stress of day-to-day life. We spend the majority of our day consumed by the media and screened devices, we are caught up with technology. However, everyone deserves a moment of solitude, an escape.
Inspired by Emerson and Thoreau’s work, this series explores the theme of solitude: the state of being alone without being lonely, as an active choice. Following the seasons through from spring and summer to autumn and winter conveying the ongoing need for solitude.
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