Who Picks Whom?
Photographs and words by Jake Eshelman
Land is luciform.
As colors spill forth from crystal, plants proliferate from the sun—
The penetrating taste of altered sight.
Gifts are offered—and gathered,
knowing one day, they will blossom forth from our bodies,
reciprocal and ever-returning…
Where hands outstretch,
a phantom lingers.
Tickling everything it has yet to touch.
A small voice rings in the forest.
Calling, like a siren, to behold its beauty; to do it’s bidding.
Who picks whom?
Teeming. Dripping. Spilling over.
Sticky and sweet, lingering on everything.
Exuberant in their decay.
A scent climbs its way into the air. Searching. Whispering.
The many become one; and one, all.
Untethering possibilities in a language as old as the sun, as new as any potential.
Imbuing bodies and gesture with intention; a covenant—articulate and indecipherable.
A shared tongue.
A world tilts,
in a breath; the breeze—
as the tiniest of fires alights.
Jake Eshelman is a photo-based artist and visual researcher exploring the complex relationships between people and other-than-human beings. He believes that humanity’s curious and self-imposed dissociation with the natural world provides a palpable backdrop in which we can more fully (re)consider our role in ecology. Through a documentary and intuitive practice, his recent work investigates interspecies relationships in industry, agriculture, and conservation in order to question the tenets of anthropocentrism and the implications behind the Enlightenment rationalization of “nature.” You can explore his work online and via instagram.
Jeremy Bechelli is a long-time student of European folk magic and studies occult herbalism, folk medicine and the traditional witch-lore and practices of the British Isles. As a practitioner of leechcraft and wortcunning, he also founded Phytognosis—a purveyor of magical botanicals specializing in rare and unique plant resins, woods, oils, and leaves for use during ritual, meditation, spiritual workings and personal enjoyment. You can learn more about his work on his website and on his instagram.