During the summer of 2018, I was accepted into the Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES) program at the University of Pennsylvania. I spent the first couple of weeks wrapped up in a deluge of lectures, lab trainings, and deadlines. My main reprieve from the stress of conducting an independently proposed research project was when I brought my camera along on field tips. I took photos while only breathing through my mouth in order to avoid the miasma of municipal facilities, hiked up hills to see Superfund land, and almost got run over by a dump while touring a landfill. Never before had both the right and left sides of my brain been so intensely stimulated through academic and artistic challenges! The idea to synthesize these two disparate subjects had been floating quietly in my subconsciousness for years now, and my time with the TREES program was the impetus that helped this thought fully manifest. I have only just begun, and I cannot wait to further pursue the fascinating intersection of visual arts and environmental consciousness. This gallery is just the beginning, so please enjoy!