Man in Nature presents two views of man’s impact on our natural world. In the first view, Duffy looks at the impact of limestone quarrying on the environment. His photos show the serenity of the environment sans “man.” He also looks at quarrying the limestone in that natural world. These are the quarries in southern Indiana that produce the finest limestone used in our major buildings like the National Cathedral and Empire State Building. While the quarries destroy the natural environment, we can see a different kind of beauty in the quarries in the workers harvesting and fabricating the limestone.
In his second man/nature view he looks at small family farming in southern Indiana. The farmers seek to improve the environment through their sustainable farming practices but unfortunately their efforts do not produce a living wage. As a result we see the decay of rural America.