‘Ancient and veteran trees are a link to our past. They form a large part of our cultural heritage and are extremely valuable for wildlife. One of the first steps in protecting an ancient or veteran tree is to help people understand the value of these trees. It is also vital to record the presence of ancient trees.’
Since February 2023 I’ve been working on a new project photographing ‘Ancient Trees’ using a 6×6 square format rangefinder camera and black and white film stock. Initially this is in North Herefordshire, and is a collaboration with landscape artist Richard Gilbert, who encouraged me to photograph these wonderful ancient, veteran and notable trees that he has been painting and drawing.
I’m keeping a Journal to record the process, progress, research and reading as well as my thoughts and inspiration. Currently, there are two online contact print style galleries to see the work progressing thus far; Brampton Bryan and Croft Castle. More will be published over the next twelve months.
This film is designed to reimagine some of the paintings by artist Richard Gilbert of ancient trees at Brampton Bryan in North Herefordshire. This five-minute film is best watched on a large screen in dark or dim ambient lighting conditions with the sound turned up so that the immersive atmosphere of being present in the parkland is created.