I see Trees as a metaphor of the human condition. We are both unique and infinite in our existence and culture, growing, fighting for, or sharing earth, sun and water. Like humans, trees depend on good land, strong will and luck of circumstances to survive and live long in our universe.
In this series I imagined places where the earth fuses into space. I was inspired by the vastness and variety of the world, and by the knowledge that we live a very short time in an unlimited universe. I like to think there is no end in the atmosphere, but a continuity of other dimensions. Space becomes abstract, depth is vertiginous, and colors are ambiguous.
I imagined myself in the ocean, floating and swimming with sea creatures, in a whim to transcend reality, dimensions and surfaces. I was looking for a world where senses are exalted, colors real or not, a world where we are infinite, where the air, the mountains and the ocean are one.
I photographed my friends Laura and Danielle over the years, and used portraits of myself as well, to convey the multiple aspects of our sensual bodies.
“Nudes with Trees” started with the “Tree Hands” series, where I saw the branches of trees becoming blood vessels, and growing into deeper ramifications, with the vessels of life running throughout our entire body to rejoin earth.
I created Reflections to show the many aspects of life we can observe and absorb. By digitally changing colors and light, I wanted to give a different viewpoint of nature in a surreal atmosphere. These photographs were taken mostly upstate New York and in Cape May, New Jersey.