The wilderness attracted those who were bored or disgusted by mankind and his work. Not only did it provide the possibility of escape from society but also the ideal stage on which the romantic individual could exercise the cult of his own soul. The solitude and total freedom of a wild land created the ideal location for both melancholy and exaltation.

— Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the american Mind, 1967.

From a combination of texts and images in Area Magazine, n. 165, Luglio 2019.