"I want my children to genuinely understand how magical the world we inhabit is," Jesse Burke writes
“I want my children to genuinely understand how magical the world we inhabit is,” photographer Jesse Burke writes, “and how we, as humans, are an integral part of the system. I want them to feel a deep connection to every aspect of their surroundings.”
That was the impetus for Wild and Precious, a five-year series of road trips Burke made with his daughter Clover. The book, and its accompanying film, is a love letter to the natural world and Burke’s daughter: The pair explore landscapes, animals and roadside motels, all with the goal of observing and appreciating the natural world. Each image in the book is titled after a Johnny Cash song – Burke played Cash’s music constantly while on the road with Clover.
Burke teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a member of Childhood Unplugged, a cooperative group of photographers “who are making a conscious effort to encourage our children to get back to the art of play.”