BeirutFranck Christen: Old Friends
For centuries, trees have evoked a primal sense of wonder. They are a source of life and wisdom and an enduring subject for artists, often standing as visual emblems for nature as a whole.
The strong and endlessly varied patterns of their branches, bark and leaves consistently offer visually arresting subjects.
The variety of approaches to depicting the same subject is individual and as various as the trees themselves.
Equalled perhaps only by the human figure, trees have remained an unchanging, accessible and vital subject for photographers from the beginning of the medium until now.
Depicting pines , from the Beirut hippodrome, from the villa Borghese in Roma, in colour or monochrome became a deliberate choice.
If we care for trees, these useful friends can continue to ensure our own survival, helping to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well our wellbeing, co-existing with us in both cities and countryside. Gathered together in their natural habitat of woods and forests, they also form communities.
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