Building on ideas and questions developed in two recent photographic projects, Around Mountains is an ongoing body of work comprised of photographs taken at intervals during circumambulations of mountains that have been the subjects of poems. This project hopes to lyrically document landscapes and to place photography and poetry in conversation. It's also a critique of the urge to conquer, an argument for considered looking, and a meditation on time. The first, foundational part of the project takes as its subject Mount Rainier, where I worked as a park ranger for two years after college and where I started my life as a poet, and it is a meditation on the many years I've since spent captivated by the art which has been called everything from "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" to "the deification of reality" to "a destructive force." Traveling the 100-mile Wonderland Trail that encircles Rainier will take about 40 hiking hours, roughly a week. I also hope to eventually document trips around Scafell Pike (which Dorothy Wordsworth wrote about ascending in 1818), Mont Blanc (subject of Percy Bysshe Shelley's eponymous ode), Mount Fuji (which Kusano Shinpei came back to time and time again), Jing Ting Mountain (subject of more than a thousand poems), and elsewhere.
– Joshua Edwards