Twin hemlock trees in Cook Forest PA

jarrid spicer

Savannah, United States

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When European settlers first came to this country it’s estimated that forest covered 950 million acres, that’s over 40% of the country. Today less then one quarter of on percent is left. My images are a celebration of that original forest. I’ve traveled half the country in order to find remnants of what I consider to be “Ancient Forest” a forest of the largest and oldest trees of their species. I’ve tried to create images that show the majestic beauty and unique character of these areas. Some of the images like the forest itself have a very dark claustrophobic feel and yet some are very open and airy. I’ve included images of the forest floor, to show the diversity of the plant life that lives there. Even some extremely rare flowers like the Ribbon Orchid that only lives in one isolated swamp. Some of the areas that I’ve photographed are considered to be the rarest and most endangered ecosystems in the world, found only on one or two small islands. By desaturating my images I’ve given them an older more antique feeling. By shooting large medium format film I have the capabilities to make images that approach if not surpass the original size of the plants. Some forest where so large that a single negative could not give justice to what I saw through my viewfinder, so in the spirit of the masters that came before me like James Balog, and even David Hockney I choose to shot multiple negatives, sometimes up to 12. Not for a more normal perspective like Balog, and not to show motion like Hockney, but in order to make prints large enough to pass on to my viewers the shear magnitude of these giants of the forest. When standing in front of these images some over 20 feet in length the viewer can get a partial feeling of what it was like for me. These forests are very special to me, and I cannot stress how important they are to the plant and animal life that lives there. With my images I hope that more people will come to feel the same as I do, and help save and protect these unique ecosystems for future generations.

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