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From Luke Whelan’s article for Outside magazine:

When photographer Jesse Burke first started snapping pictures of his five-year-old daughter ­Clover Lee, he often lost his patience. “I realized very quickly that she wasn’t going to listen to me, and I found it incredibly frustrating,” he says. One day, while taking photos of her on the shore of Campobello Island, in New Brunswick, he grew so angry that he took the rope she was playing with and threw it away. But later when he reviewed the images, he realized that the best ones were of her playing the way she wanted to, not his preconceived compositions. “It was an epiphany,” he says. “The key is to relinquish some control to her.” He went from being his daughter’s stubborn director to being her collaborator. Over the next five years, the pair regularly left their Rhode Island home on road trips to wild places, going as far as Washington. Burke documented his daughter as she climbed trees, forded rivers, and held butterflies and frogs. In 2015 he published the images in Wild and Precious, a book that depicts the bravery and fragility of a girl growing up in nature. Clover is now twelve, and her two sisters, Poppy Dee, seven, and Honey Bee, five, have “slowly made their way into the frame once they could interact with the landscape,” says Burke, 46. “All three of them have this compassionate embrace of the natural world. It’s at the core of their existence, and I don’t see it going away.”

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