The Changing Landscape Of Rural Northern California


Photographer Kenny Hurtado is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From his ongoing project ‘Emerald‘.  To see Kenny’s body of work click on any image.






When I was 10 years old my Mother told me she envisions me living a simple quiet life in the woods of Northern California. I never thought much of it until I visited the landscape 20 years later. My First trip for this project was in 2013. I kept returning soon after, following a feeling I simply had about the place. My Mother passed away in April of 2017. My trips north after her passing seemed to of gained clarity.
I slowly began to realize what she meant. The more I visit and spend time in rural Northern California the more I see my own self in the landscape and amongst the people who live there. Through my perspective, It’s a place of isolation, the anti-social and people who just want to connect to the land. In the last few years, I’ve noticed a change in the landscape. Smoky air quality seems to be of the norm.
Warmer weather due to the change in climate has altered parts of the region. There is a new influx of people moving in to take advantage of the legalization of marijuana. The landscape is slowly being altered; The more I visit the more I feel like a true outsider.







See also:

Iron Tide

By Kenny Hurtado




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