True White


It's only true that places carry their history with them — social to geologic, both the best and the worst of it. What's unclear is how we're supposed to take it. Places of tragic deaths and daily commutes, sources of fresh water for lands too far away to consider immediately related, historical sites detached from their contexts, local industry bordering on protected animal habitat, unorganized territories under unclear jurisdiction and enduring representation in mythologized past — all mixed together, the only thing one can actually clearly see around still, simply, beauty.

True White was produced in the White Mountain regions of New Hampshire and Maine in the winter of 2020. It focuses on landscape formation as a historical process, capturing some of it from the position of geological history — like the Kancamagus pass giving birth to two river systems going in the opposite ways — and some of it from social history as it developed since the tragedy of the Willey House and up to the construction of the contemporary ski resorts.