Can't See the Trees for The Forest (2018)
Since sailing in 2015 I looked for ways to apply what I had learned in the series How Can a Wave Be. In that set of photos I developed a method of capturing texture and color while dismissing perspective and scale to abstract what the ocean was showing me.
Now land bound in this investigation, Can’t See The Trees for The Forest, I have decided to tackle a deeply dimensional subject with the same methods. What you see above is 18 months of photography distilled down to 24 images, trying to see trees across genus and time.
All of these are trees in urban conditions, and while they don’t literally show the urban context they betray it anyway when disparate species are neighbors, careful pruning ends certain branches and canopies turn into fields without the competition of a true forest. These are details we often dismiss thinking a tree is a tree is a tree, is green with a brown trunk and turns orange red in the fall. These photos are records of seasons past, details which elude us as we pass through the shade of our urban companions.