The is a story of traditional values that are passed down from generation to generation. Value systems inform upon of understanding of the world and our place within it. Human nature is making sense of our surroundings, and discovering our own unique experience. Our values keep us grounded and engaged.
Hunting Nature explores a culture of hunting through the lives of a Christian family residing in rural Maryland. Through a documentary approach, the project seeks to provide an honest and intimate look at the philosophy and ideology of a group of hunters, who place values on the land and family. Themes explored include faith, human nature, conservation, and tradition.
The following images are a selection from the project which is ongoing.
Tracy Groves stands on the edge of a forest on his way to a tree stand during his first hunt of the 2015 Maryland deer season.
Tracy Groves lays in his living room while talking to Lindsay, his youngest daughter, at their home in Eldersburg, Maryland. Lindsay still lives at home and was studying for an upcoming EMT test.
A young boy cleans up after the Potomac Men's Conference at the Trinity Life Church in Lutherville, Maryland. Several thousand men attended the conference where they celebrated their love for Christ and learned how to utilize his teachings in their daily lives.
Various household items are seen in the kitchen of the Heartwood Outdoors hunting camp near Indian Springs, Maryland.
Tracy Groves and his wife Teresa listen during a bible class before a Sunday service at the Assembly of God church in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Tracy's son-in-law, Dale, stands against a wall in their family home in Eldersburg, Maryland.
Cruz gazes up at a flock of geese flying overhead at the end of morning goose hunt outside Easton, Maryland.
Lindsay Groves (R) and her cousin Whitney (L) take a break from a busy Thanksgiving dinner.
Tracy Groves (L) and his son-in-law (R) share a prayer for Doug's (C) family at the Groves home in Eldersburg, Maryland.
Tracy and Dick measure two deer racks found tangled together in Pennsylvania, at the Heartwood Outdoors hunting camp near Indian Springs, Maryland.
Tracy drags a recently killed deer before dressing it, near Eldersburg, Maryland.
Tracy Groves dresses his first deer of the season in Maryland.
Hunter sits atop an old feeder during a winter work party at the Heartwood Outdoors hunting camp near Indian Springs, Maryland.
Dale looks out across a field as the sun rises during a goose hunt on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, near Easton.
Cruz listens to a lesson from his father while sitting in a hunting blind during a goose hunt on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, near Easton.
Dick stands with a young boy during a work party at the Heartwood Outdoors hunting camp near Indian Springs, Maryland.
Tracy (L), his older brother Troy (C), and another hunter enjoy a evening meal after a hunt at the Heartwood Outdoors camp near Indian Springs, Maryland.
Barry Howe waits during a tree planting session to re-vitilize a hunting area, near Indian Springs, Maryland.
Tracy Groves and his wife Teresa share a subtle moment during a Sunday service at the Assembly of God church in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Tracy and Teresa Groves share a laugh in their home in Eldersburg, Maryland.
Tracy gives Evan some last minute advice before the next days early-morning deer hunt. On this hunt, Evan was lucky enough to harvest his first deer.
Doug explains to Dale the perks and efficiencies of hunting deer with a rifle rather than a bow at a hunting camp near Indian Springs, Maryland.
Troy Groves (C) stands with two other hunters in a blind on a goose hunt near Easton, Maryland.
Tracy gives a group of younger hunters a turkey call demonstration in the basement of his home in Eldersburg, Maryland.
Decoy geese are seen positioned in a large field through the grass camouflage of a hunting blind near Easton, Maryland.