The Paris-based publishing house Libraryman released another splendid volume on the art of photography, this time displaying the works of Swedish acclaimed photographer - Gunnar Smoliansky.
The book titled Träd brings to the reader social journalism of studies of trees in photographic form created by Gunnar Smoliansky. The pictures are deprived of people’s appearance, yet not of the trace of the humanity. The artist’s view on the woods won’t please the zealous conservationist, as Gunnar depicts trees with awe and disturbing atmosphere.
The project could not be more beautifully described than in the poetic words of Swedish writer and poet Gunnar D. Hansson.
„These photographs are about a type of vegetation that may once have been both magnificent and dignified – what remains of growth is both frustrated and defiant. They are not romantic pictures of virgin woods. No, instead they are places that have been consigned to oblivion, pre- or post-profitability. Impediments. Languishing land. Windfallen tree trunks or soon to be windfallen trunks that are nothing but upright poles, trunks that have grown into each other. In these photos we are far from observing from perfect specimens, textbooks and the pleasure of inventing Latin names in the Linnaean spirit. They are mainly trees that remain standing by sheer dint of willpower, knots and twists. Like a neglected case of rheumatism. And yet: in the midst of this solitude, in the midst of this struggle, so difficult to grasp, there is a sense of community among the susceptible.”