TRUNK : Tuscan Trees by Mark Steinmetz

July 31 - September 30, 2017

“I was photographing in the olive groves outside of Cortona, Italy. I’m not sure what to call the moment I experienced. The hills around me suddenly came alive with an extraordinary vividness.”
– Mark Steinmetz

The images were made while Steinmetz was teaching photography at the University of Georgia at Cortona, in Tuscany, Italy, and comprise his first photobook (published by The Jargon Society, 2001). This series works to animate the landscape.These trees are not unlike human bodies, as knots and holes become facial features, branches act as limbs. The trees react to each other, shifting their paths to avoid collisions, leading and following in position and growth.