The oldest known single living organism on the earth is said to be a Great Basin bristlecone pine (pinus longaeva) living in the White Mountains of California. It's age is estimated at a little over 5,000 years. Trees have endured through every kind of catastrophe imaginable. . Now that human activity is dramatically reducing forest and jungle we're beginning to understand just how vital a role they play maintaining the viability of life. Forests of all kinds have been called "the lungs of the world". They're essential to the earth's carbon cycle, taking in carbon dioxide, storing the carbon, and releasing oxygen to the atmosphere. In addition, people have depended on them for all manner of uses, from heating dwellings and cooking food to providing everything from canoes to cashews. Little wonder, then, that trees were worshipped as gods in some ancient societies.
As photographers we look at trees, either in number or individually. They're often an essential part of a photograph, either as objects of beauty when they're the subject of an image, or as useful "props" for framing a scene. They're convenient "models" for the camera, since they can be found in most environments on land - even in our biggest cities.
For this exhibition we extended the challenge to photograph a tree, or thousands of trees, in the photographer's unique vision.
Trees is presented in conjunction with The Essex Junction Tree Committee