In this collection of black and white nature art prints, I have chosen tree bark as the theme.
I did not photograph any bark from any tree. It would be much too easy. The associated symbolism would have little interest.
I chose very old trees like these Fremont Cottonwood at Capitol Reef in the state of Utah. They were planted in 1880. Their bark is rough, hard.
Symbolically, the bark represents protection because it protects the tree from bad weather, from outside attacks.
It also represents regeneration. When a piece of bark disappears, it is an injury to the tree. But he will heal because it will rebuild.
The bark is also the material on which some engrave messages or symbols. They are certain that these scriptures will last through time. When they come back 20 or 30 years after the inscriptions are engraved, they will find these messages and will remember. The bark is in some cases the guarantor of a personal memory.
I often compare these gnarled and tortured barks to the wrinkles of the elderly. These barks symbolize experience, knowledge, the years that pass inexorably.
The intertwined and sinuous lines of these barks of old trees are the wrinkles of time. The older the tree, the more marked these wrinkles. When I caress them or touch them with my fingertips, I always feel like the tree is giving me vital energy. I feel like he is trying to tell me something he saw or tell me what I do not know about me yet. I have always found that interacting with trees, especially the oldest among them, had something very concrete.
I hope that these black and white fine art prints will also make you feel all this energy so close to us and yet so active.
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