Into the Woods: Trees and Photography

To make a tree, all it takes is the seed of a great idea to take root. Martin Barnes, the curator of the exhibition, had such an idea with Into the Woods: Trees in Photography which portrays, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the history of the evolution of photography regarding the relationship between trees and society. The “uninterrupted chronology” proposed by Barnes - making use of works from the collections of the museum and the Royal Photographic Society - presents the public with a myriad of photos of trees. Each photo, every tree, more than a simple botanical photo, takes on poetic symbolism, often becoming the mirror of the soul of the photographer or an emblem of culture, territory or mental state. Highlighting the importance of trees in our lives - for well-being, art, air quality - the exhibition is also an invitation to learn more about these living creatures and not take them for granted. From the forest of Fontainebleau, portrayed by Gustave Le Gray in 1852, the eyes of the visitor move on to the brilliant pomegranate tree immortalised by Tal Shochat, and then the outline of the trembling Poplar captured by Ansel Adams, among others.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 for Bvlgari Hotel London