Saving Mt Sutro
I have posted here before about Jack Gescheidt and The Tree Spirit Project. Jack is a very talented photographer and the project focuses on human being’s interdependent relationship with nature, particularly trees. His beautiful photos challenge the anthropocentric understanding of humanity’s place being one of primacy and dominance. By using the naked human form within natural settings – specifically trees – the images communicate something about our true vulnerability. The photos seek to illustrate our interdependent relationship with nature and by doing so, we feel ourselves a part of creation, as opposed to being its masters.
The project also is involved in protecting endangered forests and trees by the use of peaceful protest, creating images in the process that promote awareness. One of these events is taking place on the 6th July and aims to draw attention to the threatened development in Mt Sutro Forest, a 120 year old self-sustaining eucalyptus forest in San Francisco. 25,ooo trees will be destroyed if the plans go ahead.
TreeSpirit are setting up a naked shoot in the forest and welcome people who would like to be involved. The link to the website is here and the details of the Mt Sutro event can be found here
Here is a short film about Jack’s work…
Am I the only person not moved by this? The experience seems valid enough, but the document–silly to voyeuristic.
Hi! I’m not with you there, I’m afraid. I think Jack’s work is beautiful and he and his work comes across as sincere and intelligent. But like all art it’s a matter of taste and what one person finds moving and beautiful leaves another person unmoved…
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