Visit ‘the Maine Woods,’ in Camden

Jun 26, 2018
© Lee Ann Szelog & Thomas Mark Szelog Thomas Szelog’s portrait of a cow moose feeding in Beaver Pond is part of the Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project.

Camden — Everyone is invited to view the wild faces and places of the 3.2 million acre proposed Maine Woods National Park through a fine art photography exhibit at the downtown Camden Public Library beginning Tuesday, July 3.

The exhibit, “Imagine the Maine Woods National Park,” features the work of award-winning photographers and authors Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog. An opening reception will be held Thursday, July 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library’s Jean Picker Room. The show will run through July 30.

This exhibit will take visitors on a journey into the heart of Maine’s Great North Woods to meet the denizens within their natural habitat, providing an opportunity to understand nature’s abundant beauty from a rarely visited wilderness. This is the same forest that Henry David Thoreau explored 150 years ago and is home to myriad species including moose, bear, brook trout and migratory songbirds, along with several endangered and threatened species including Canada lynx and Atlantic salmon, among others.

Essays from notable environmental conservationists in support of the creation of the proposed park including President Jimmy Carter; Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director; Stewart Brandborg, former executive director of the Wilderness Society and one of the major players in enacting the Wilderness Bill of 1964; and David Suzuki, world-renowned environmental thinker, will complement the images.

In 2007, the Szelogs created the Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project to provide education and inspiration, through photographs and words, to encourage society to work cooperatively to make the Maine Woods National Park a reality. After logging more than 25,000 miles through Maine’s Great North Woods during the past 11 years, they have created a collection of images reflecting the raw splendor and fragility of this vast wilderness ecosystem. For more information about the project, visit mainewoodsnationalpark.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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