Our Lands, Photo-journalistic Works by Rebecca Lessner.
March 1st - 15th
(Viewing by appointment only.)
Friday, March 1st, 2019 6 pm - 10 pm
With support from Point Park University, Graduate student Rebecca Lessner will hold a showing of her photojournalistic work, “Our Lands,” at Gallery One Collective Works in Bloomfield on Friday, March 1st at 6pm, to be viewed until March 15th.
Our Lands is a collection of photographs depicting landscapes, Game Wardens and those who frequent the public lands made available through the Pennsylvania Game Commision. With 1.5-million-acres of land to manage, state game wardens are tasked with the conservation of 308 separate game lands in 65 of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. As a non-funded mandate, the commission relies on the revenue of hunters to fund the protection of the Pennsylvania wild.
According to the commission’s June 2018 fiscal report, 43 percent of their expenditures went to Wildlife Habitat Management ($42,891,172), and 29 percent to Wildlife Protection and management. “I would say that the true conservationists in Pennsylvania are the people who bother to buy a license,” said Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala.
Now, the commission faces a decrease in revenue as the younger generation hunting declined more than 40 percent in the past decade, with a 13 percent decrease in Resident Adult licenses.
Millennials are the commission's hope for the future, as they implement programs to make hunters knowledgeable and skilled enough to be comfortable as a licensed hunter, and hope the older generations will continue the practice of conservation and harvesting food for themselves.
26-year-old Olivia Serdy from Fayette County, is one of those hunters. Serdy was introduced to hunting by her husband, Jake, and over the past two years she has found a new love for the woods through the game lands. “I love the stillness you feel when you settle into the woods,” said Serdy. “For that piece of time, you become part of a forest that has been there for hundreds of years.”
Opening night will be held in conjunction with First Friday on Penn Avenue, Unblurred. Light refreshments will be served.
Gallery One | Collective Works 4106 Howley Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Rebecca received her B.A. in Photojournalism from Point Park University in 2014 and M.A. in Media Communications with a concentration on the environment in 2018. Contact for more information at www.RebeccaLessner.com