Two-Hearted Oak: The Photography of Roman Loranc

Two-Hearted Oak: The Photography of Roman Loranc

by Roman Loranc, Lillian Vallee

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The large-format photographs in these two books are technically brilliant in terms of light, composition, tonal range, and detail while also exhibiting a strong thematic approach and a certain artistic sensibility. Bayles, who spent four years as a logger but has been working as a photographer for more than 20 years, emphasizes individual trees overwhelmed by the crush of mindless urbanization. Many of these lone trees have been denuded, cut down, or actually replaced by metal facsimile "trees." There is a certain irony in the title of this book, which has little to do with forests. Instead, Bayles emphasizes a spare landscape-mostly in California-that has already been lost to asphalt and cement. The haunting, unpeopled photographs suggest that neither trees nor people can survive in such an environment. Polish-born photographer Loranc offers a more personal, lyrical view of nature, both in his present-day home in California and in the Central Europe of his childhood. Often made in a diffuse mist or the soft light of dawn or dusk, these landscapes have an atmospheric quality that lends a sense of hopefulness and calm to the work as a whole. Even the photographs that include some hint of human habitation portray a certain harmony with nature. Both books include informative statements from the photographers. Two-Hearted Oak also includes an appreciative foreword from the executive director of the Nature Conservancy of California and a sensitive introduction, afterword, and several poems about the environment by Vallee. Both books are highly recommended, especially for libraries that emphasize environmental subjects and fine art photography.-Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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