The Sublime Natural

Click on the image to view a rough draft of a current video project.

Proposal for “The Sublime Natural” project.

We are all deeply connected to nature, regardless of whether or not we choose to embrace its wonder. I have been creating videos and still photographs of animals and insects from nature and my project entails advancing work in that vein. The sample videos on this page and photographs from elsewhere on this site represent my fascination with the natural world. The videos utilize simple techniques and allow for the viewer to provide their own narrative for the imagery.

My home is in Essex along the lower Connecticut River and ten miles from where the river enters into Long Island Sound. The environment in this region is rich and varied with wildlife.

If possible, putting together several monitors for displaying video along with a few selected prints would make for a strong gallery show. Another possibility would be to project videos onto buildings at the UCONN Avery Point campus.

The possibility for reaching other audiences with my project is good due to the somewhat universal applicability of video. Perhaps a CPTV segment on the Connecticut Sea Grant Program and the artists who have participated.

Budget and planned expenditures: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens $849.00   
Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital Camera $3,795.00    Printing inks, supplies, paper $1,500.00
New camera equipment is needed to continue with capturing wildlife in habitat, and is the top budget priority. Printing materials are also needed.

Resume attached below.

In addition to the video sample above, there are two more videos below that are from the same body of work.

Below is a video work dedicated to the turtle, a humble creature that dates to prehistoric times.

Below is an example of my proposal for “Open Air: An Outdoor Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation Art at UConn Avery Point” which I participated in. Additional information on the show can be found at


I live in the woods and see various creatures of nature everyday. One night, a tree frog decided to climb up a window at my home. The tempo of the video has been changed to allow for contemplation of this encounter. A change of thought was introduced by reversing the image. This suggests a duality, a binary outlook. Do we travel through nature or in nature?

Artist Statement. Christopher Passehl.

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