“While walking in the woods, I came across these emotive tree stumps. I felt the need to capture their essence through all the seasons, in their natural environment not altering one leaf…letting nature be the designer.
These stumps were once large beautiful trees, the lungs of the world breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen on which our lives depend…it could be said that we take them for granted, yet they are vital to teaching us about many aspects of our past.
The rings of the logs tell the history of their environment. Each season of growth, a new ring is set down in the body of the tree…I’ve captured the tree’s history clearly in these images, a series of concentric rings circling the heart and fanning out toward the edge. The size and color of the rings represent the growth patterns that reflect the conditions of the season or the year.
When looking at these stumps, now at the end of their life, yet with their history in plain view for us to read, I imagine them as strong beautiful trees giving pleasure in their magnificence for all to see, giving oxygen for all to breath and shade for all who need a respite from the sun.
I endeavor to give homage to the life that once was and use my photography to give homage to the forgotten or unseen.”