Easterson is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and also earned a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has received grants from the Peter S. Reed Foundation, the Yellow Fox Foundation, the Durfee Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation, among numerous others. In addition, Easterson is also a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Prize.
As a way to increase the public's awareness of animals and plants in their native habitats as well as gain a new perspective on these creature's daily lives, Easterson straps tiny helmet-mounted video cameras onto everything from buffaloes to tarantulas. By allowing animals and plants to be the documentarians we are shown their daily battles with the landscape, their interactions with other species as well as their intimate gestures and sounds.
"The first thing I realized was how intelligent and aware they are. The project changed everything in terms of respect." - Sam Easterson
"I was shocked to realize all the other animals in the flock could tell that this one sheep with the camera had been 'altered' in some way. She kept trying to enter, and they kept treating her as an outcast. I also learned sheep can run very fast and fences are not as sturdy as you think." - Sam Easterson
Animal, Vegetable, Video: Where the Buffalo Roam