I backpack as often as I can. On occasion I will go alone, and especially in those times I seek out the most secluded areas that I can find. My lady and I had a conversation about this just prior to this shoot in which I described the feeling and realization that you completely and utterly alone. Cut off from the social world in every way. It's both an eerie and invigorating feeling and emotion.
Night falls in the wilderness and you step into the darkness and it hits you... "It's only me." No one to talk to. No one to hear your calls. No way of contact to the outside. If you yelled there would be no human ears to hear. Only the sounds of the night. The slight breeze in the trees, or the rustle of leaves in the distance. Pure vulnerability.
I described the feeling as a comparison to standing open-chested in the dark, arms out... No one around... Just waiting and willingly accepting any and all that could happen because you know that there's nothing that you could do about it. It just is and you just are. These photos are the visual representation of that feeling.