© Thilde Jensen. Above: Mom in morning, Tennessee 2011.
Photographer Thilde Jensen‘s series “Naked Spring“ features images she made while recovering from environmental illness, a debilitating disease in which everyday chemicals bring on a range of symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, fever and muscle aches. After being diagnosed, Jensen left the urban world for seven years, moving from her apartment in New York City to tents and trailers throughout rural areas of the Northeast and Southwest United States to avoid the various triggers that bring on the symptoms of her disease. Once she was able to get her illness under control, Jensen photographed the changing environment from winter to spring to illustrate, not only the new world brought about by the warmer weather, but the new life journey she would embark being disease-free. Throughout the series, each image creates unrest and uncertainties, by using ominous lighting and dull colors, leaving the viewer wondering what’s next.