In January, we wandered through the Everglades and happened upon Clyde Butcher in one of his studios. Famous for his massive black and white landscape photos of Florida, Clyde found solace in the swamps of Big Cypress National Preserve after his son was killed by a drunk driver in 1986. He credits the “mysterious, spiritual experience of being close to nature” in restoring his soul.
Clyde hasn’t slowed down after a stroke impacted his mobility last May. While he used to hike, kayak, and otherwise trudge through the Florida wilderness, he now uses a variety of mobility aids (including a cane with a golden alligator) and a different travel and planning mindset to get the shot.
Big Cypress Gallery, Ochopee, Florida. January 2018.