I used to put away my camera whenever I went home to Pennsylvania. Having lived there since I was 8, I thought of photography as something to do while traveling: I was sure that there was nothing to take pictures of around me. Then, I actually looked outside my door. Living in State College, I began to explore the forests and ridges around me, and I realized something. The northeast was amazing. The amount of life that is packed into the woods was incredible. Every area I went to felt like a new forest, ripe for exploring. Every ridge I climbed over had a new valley. Every season felt like entering a different world. I’m proud to have grown up in this area, and will look back on my time spent there fondly no matter where I travel in the world.