Urban Forest: Images of Trees in the Human Landscape

Urban Forest: Images of Trees in the Human Landscape

by David Paul Bayles
     
 

"David Bayles's photographs in Urban Forest speak eloquently with a quiet intensity. The book explores the concept that the natural world exists not only in the wilderness, but also in our everyday urban surroundings. These thoughtful photographs cause the viewer to pause and consider the delicate balance between human activity and the natural environment."&

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"David Bayles's photographs in Urban Forest speak eloquently with a quiet intensity. The book explores the concept that the natural world exists not only in the wilderness, but also in our everyday urban surroundings. These thoughtful photographs cause the viewer to pause and consider the delicate balance between human activity and the natural environment."—John Sexton

"Looking through these photographs provides an intimate experience of beautiful and sensual beings living amongst us who just happen to be trees."—Andy Lipkis, president, TreePeople

"David Bayles's photographs embrace a story that has fascinated Euro-American artists since the beginning of the United States—the transformation of the landscape. With wilderness long since relegated to the gated preserves of National Parks, Bayles reminds us of the continued importance of nature in our twenty-first century, increasingly urbanized lives. With one eye toward the simplicity of linear geometry and the other fascinated by the narrative potential of juxtaposition, Bayles's images compel us to reevaluate the manufactured naturalism of our daily environment."—Glenn Willumson, Director, Graduate Program in Museum Studies, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida

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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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ISBN-13:
9781578050963
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
10/14/2003
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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