Vertical Eden..the exhibition

This body of work is close to my heart; it expands on my study of trees within a cultural context. The trees in question are the tallest and largest in the world, the Sequoia semperviren.

This subject, in a literal sense, is so big I wanted to portray it in great proportion in able to gain real perspective of the natural environment, the beauty, the rawness and to allow the audience to feel a real sense of place from the image.

As a collection of images representative of the journey though the trees, they are telling a story of socio cultural significance, ecological values, and portray the human impacts and aspects in order to gain a real sense of diversity. I want my audience to feel a relationship to the scale of the images, to be able to gain a sense of perspective. This environment has a real magical quality to it, with each tree having an individual personality, a sense of awesomeness, in the true sense of the word. There is something unique about being among these Redwoods, they have been standing like sentinels to the world around them for centuries, one feels like you can really gain wisdom from just being around them and underneath them.

Being in the old growth redwood forests is a singular experience, an experience that is never the same twice. The light takes on a different colour as it filters itself through the trees, constantly changing every second, with each and every step you gain a different sense of light.

The set of smaller images tell the story of our influence on this environment, ecological development, and beauty. Under the titles of Culture, Lifestyle, Destruction, Impact, Environment and Symbiosis, I want to portray a view that destruction is not just from direct human interaction, and that Symbiosis isn’t just about man and nature living along side each other. The ideas about ecological value and the wealth of this environment could not thrive, nor would it have been a war zone without the ideas of symbiosis.

After visiting the Humboldt State University in Eureka, and engaging within research within the Humboldt Room (a room dedicated solely to the study and history of the Coastal Redwood) I learnt how much turmoil there was surrounding this environment and how precious it is to each walk of life within the community for so many different reasons, from wealth of industry to love and appreciation.
This piece is all about that portrayal or significances to those walks of life and variations in which is it perceived. A real sense of perspective.

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