• In deciding how to organize Thriving Together, which includes 22% of  the state of NJ, there were thoughts of creating artwork according to habitats/ecosystems and the aquifer story (all nature and maybe a ghost town here and there).

  • Having learned that the Pinelands National Reserve was also designated a Natural Heritage of UNSECO since 1988 we are now supporting the vision and goals of people and nature thriving together. We have combined the model suggested by UNESCO's 3 Biosphere Zones with the Pinelands Commission's Comprehensive Management Plan to "preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve, and to encourage compatible economic and other human activities consistent with that purpose".

  • To best fit the Pinelands National Reserve and our vision for the project, we now refer to the following areas as the framework for our exhibition in 2020:

    1) Preserved Lands,
    2) Towns, Villages, Farmland, and Industry,
    3) Life Along the Coast, and,
    4) Beneath It All:
        The Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer: 17 Trillion Gallons and not a Drop to Spare.


  • As photographers, writers, and media artists, the PPC and PPA are inviting the public to find what attracts us within this vision and submit original work for consideration of curation into the upcoming exhibition.

  • We hope that this will inspire artists to connect with the Pinelands, make artwork, and come together in this exhibition.

People working to make life better for nature and paying close attention to how nature sustains itself and all of us.  For people, preservations include recreation, public education, scientific research, historic and archaeological sites, healthy sources for drinking water now and into the future, and endless aesthetic inspiration along rivers, streams and wetlands.  For nature, preservation protects rare and endangered species and creates contiguous land and water areas.

Areas where the protection of nature and the economic well being of people merge more intimately and sustainable approaches benefit both people and nature.

Undeveloped Forest – as important as Preservation Areas but not as restricted.

Coastal towns and people strongly and perhaps most clearly reflect the ecosystem that they are part of.  Culture, Recreation and the Arts are inspired by the surroundings of sea, bays, estuaries, marshland and the life within them.

The Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer: 17 Trillion Gallons and not a Drop to Spare.

  Beneath It All is meant to bring awareness to the aquifer that underlies the entire Pine Barrens and gives life to everything. It may not be possible to actually photograph the aquifer, but it's presence and the importance of protecting the quality and quantity of its waters are vital to both people and nature.

A Collaborative Vision of the
Princeton Photography Club and Pinelands Preservation Alliance


What are maps

after all

but metaphors

for what we don't know?
At each juncture

of the human record of

perception of where we are

we see a little of

the near at hand

but what to know

what's over the rise

in the hill or

the far horizon at sea.

Copernicus & Kepler

gave us the first big


Darwin & Wallace

a new map

for thinking about origins

and how we came to be.

Freud & Jung

poked up awareness

of the unmapped unconcious,

Margaret Geller,

saints be praised,

gave us the first map

of the universe

that others have been

fleshing out ever since.

Yes, maps are metaphors

of the little we know

and a hint of where we

have to go.

Scott McVay