Some wild places have the power to captivate all who visit them, not because they have unrivalled views or superior scenery but because they instil in the visitor a sense of wonder and awe. This book is about one such place.
It’s ancient woodland is a landscape of fairytale qualities where vast oaks stand side by side with some of the tallest holly trees in Britain. Reminiscent of childhood stories, the wood is a chaotic tangle of twisted branches where light is sparse and evergreen curtains of holly hang in the air. Dead and decaying boughs and trunks litter the floor and even on the brightest of days the air is cool and the forest dark. For all who enter here mystery abounds and imagination runs wild.
The book has a limited print run of 250 copies and contains over 90 pages with 51 images. It is split into sections which are ‘Rooted in time, nature, spirit, change, conflict, mortality and hope. The images cover a period of two years and are accompanied by text for each section of the story. Together these words and images form a personal reflection on this magical landscape and mans place within it.
Rooted began as a series of six images which I entered into the annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Photography Portfolio competition. These images won me a Silver – Gilt medal at the 2021 RHS Art and Photography show which took place at the Saatchi Gallery in London. These six images formed the basis of the book which I added to over many visits in every season.
Rooted is my story of an ancient woodland. It is one of connection, between two tree species, between humanity and nature and on a more personal level between a photographer and an ancient oakwood. It is a project and place that has had a profound effect on me. It has shaped my art and has provided me with a peaceful natural refuge to explore with my camera.
Comments about Rooted
‘This book is a unique and beautiful work of art that documents a unique ancient landscape remaining on our doorstep. The photography is brilliantly executed and composed. The book documents the facets of this landscape throughout the year and discusses without sentiment its fragile, changing and possibly transitory nature. It’s a privilege to glimpse through this photographer’s lens.’
‘Stunning images – its a gorgeous publication, thank you very much’
‘Beautiful photos and really interesting and relevant commentary.’