From the article “Photographer Jesse Burke is Raising Wild Daughters” at Fatherly:
The woods have always been a sanctuary for Jesse Burke. Growing up in what he describes as “lower middle class, rough neighborhoods,” the photographer sought every opportunity to swim, fish, and hunt snakes in nearby ponds and woods. “I didn’t realize it as a kid, but it was an escape from the grittiness of life,” he says. The connection he formed with nature and the lessons he learned in those wild days stuck with him as he set out to see the world and make his way in it.
When he settled in Rhode Island with his family, he made it a point to encourage his kids to get outside. His 2015 monograph, Wild & Precious, chronicled five years of nature exploration with his daughter, Clover, from their hometown beaches to the remote Canadian wilderness.