People and landscapes contain a constantly changing story.
From a very early age I remember telling stories with my camera or with a pen about the fascinating world around me. My first camera was a cheap plastic film camera that I carried everywhere and I wrote my first short story about a train when I was 8 years old. As soon as I was 18 years old I put on a backpack, grabbed my journal and camera, and started exploring beyond the shores of my original community and known environments in America. I found much more beauty and horror exist than I could have ever imagined.
As an adult, I have made exploration and inquiry my profession as a geographer. I continue to travel the world to ask questions about contrasts of modernity and tradition, conservation and development, wild rivers and rivers dammed. I am especially interested in water and work on mighty rivers all over the world. My work has brought me to many intriguing places where languages are dying out, cultural dress and customs are only alive in the elder generation, mountain villages are reclaimed by the wild as younger generations leave for the city, people are losing rights to land and water, forests make way for agriculture. I am and have been working to document and preserve stories from these places before they are lost to time and change.
I feel priviledged to witness these changes and hear people's stories, and responsible to share them with you. The images on these pages tell stories of what was, of life lessons, stories of legend, of transformation, of tradition, of hopes and dreams, of loss...now more than ever the world is changing faster than we can document. Over the last two decades of wandering and work, I see bio and cultural diversity fast disappearing. I am in a unique position to merge my photography and research findings together to expand the depth of what is understood about these rare places before the shout that is now only a song becomes a whisper.
Preserving these stories is now central to my work.
~Jennifer Veilleux, 2016