We promote the conservation of the world's forests by documenting impressive trees. Our approach is different from other ventures as we focus on the canopy of the rainforest. We provide a unique experience compared to the typical view of the forest which is from the ground.
THE TREE PORTRAIT
THE TREE PORTRAIT
Our Primary output is a ‘tree portrait’ of an impressive rainforest tree. Usually it is all but impossible to get a true sense of the size of these big trees. From a distance the surrounding forest obscures our view. When we are close at the trees base and look up we only see the bottom branches.
To get around these problems we install a specialised camera rigging system. This system allows our cameras to be in the free space around our subject. The cameras can then travel the entire vertical length of the tree and takes a photo every metre. The resulting photos are then stitched together to create a portrait of the tree. To the right is the Tasmania Eucalyptus Regans Tree Portrait, by far our grandest to date. This image took 67 field days to record, due to very poor weather and contains 87 images.
To provide a sense of scale to the image tree climbers and canopy scientists are present in the tree. We provide this human aspect so viewers can relate to scale with ease. The simple and accurate presentation of scale is only the first step. Progressively though supporting media we layer more complex ideas and concepts of what a forest is.
We feel that the profoundly striking vision of seeing a giant tree for for first time can break down preconceptions. This also allows an opportunity to grasp further complexity and deeper ecological concepts.
Cnr Davey St & Dunn Pl, Hobart
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Opening on December 17 2016 and continuing though to March 2017 our show be seen along side the 50th anniversary of the black Saturday fires in Tasmania. While the other 2 galleries will show the social and human cost of devastating fires we will represent the ecologically necessary side of fire.
8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
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Opposite the Exhibition Building Gardens, entry with a gold coin donation to the Society. Opening night and conversation with the photographers will be on Thursday 30 March, 5.30 - 7 pm.
Forest Drive, Weston Creek
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The Tree Projects exhibition will be coming to the Canberra, during Canberra Tree Week. The exhibition will be shown at the National Arboretum, Canberra in the Village Centre.
Canberra Tree Week is an opportunity to appreciate, explore and celebrate the beautiful trees and forests of the Canberra Region. Apart from The Tree Projects exhibition, there will be plenty of other activities held across the week showcasing the magnificent autumn colours of Canberra’s trees. For more information on Canberra Tree Week please visit the Transport Canberra and City Services web page at www.tccs.act.gov.au
ARO Gallery, 51 William Street, Darlinghurst
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The exhibit is sponsored by the Bob Brown Foundation, doors the the exhibition open 16 May at 12 noon. We will be hosting an Opening night 19 May, 6pm to 8pm and Steven Pearce will be hosting an artist Talk 20 March, 2.30pm where he will taking you into he forest and detailing the creative process of building a multi perspective panoram. - More Details TBA
The Australian Geographic will feature the Tasmanian Tree Project in its January/February 2017 edition. The article will describe the how our team created the tree portrait and will explain why the Eucalyptus regnans forests are so special. The magazine will be providing a free poster of the tree portrait.
When tall trees are viewed from the ground it is impossible to get a sense of their full size because of perspective and the surrounding forest. We go to amazing lengths to show these trees and forests from an all new perspective.
We aim to challenge traditional concepts of what a tree and forest are to the vast majority. We do this by showing the viewer that extreme adventure, scientific discovery & deep creativity are all valid interpretations of the same space.
All our work is geared towards not telling but showing the viewer the full possibilities of what pathways in science and adventure are available. Our content is designed for many outputs but all are geared towards education.
HOW WE DO IT
HOW WE DO IT