Deciduous Nakedis a portfolio series that has been in my mind’s eye for a very long
time. However, it has only been recently that the merging of time and technology
has allowed this idea to become a reality.
It began with childhood stories that would reinforce the position that trees are
living beings and were the guardians of the ancient secrets of wisdom and knowledge.
Stories as old as the trees in Eden to the tales of treefolk in popular culture found
in Oz or Middle Earth.
Inspired by the mythical trees of many of the world's folklores, combined with the
idea that each tree is unique with its own personality and life cycle, it seemed
like a very obvious extension to want to photograph them. Even today, when I see
a tree that is removed either by design or nature, on a very deep level I feel that
I’ve lost a friend.
Landscape and portraiture are traditionally two very different genres, so as a distinction
this is a personal effort to do a formal portrait of a landscape, or in this case,
specifically trees. Taking a cue from classic black and white portraiture, these
images are carefully crafted with lighting and composition to reveal the character
of the subject. And similar to the human nude, the subjects here are seen at their
most revealing time, in various stages of fallen vestments.