From Rachel Wallace’s review for DUJOUR:
Photographer Jesse Burke’s new book, “Wild & Precious,” is an adventurous pictorial chronicling a series of road trips he took with his oldest daughter, Clover. Although Burke was a nature lover long before becoming a parent, the unique challenges of having children in the digital age is ultimately what inspired him to bring Clover on a series of expeditions in the New England wilderness.
On the trips, the Rhode Island-based photographer tried to give his daughter as much education about the earth as he possibly could, encouraging her to respect and feel at home in nature. Along the way, Clover learned about something else from her father as well: a love for Johnny Cash. “I would play songs in the car and teach Clover the lyrics,” says Burke. “It made the miles fly by. She had her favorites and we would make playlists of his music. To be clear, these were her playlists, or as she would emphatically say, ‘Can we play my playlist?’” Because of this shared love of the iconic singer, all 134 striking photos in “Wild & Precious” are named for Johnny Cash songs.