Truncated (Book + print, Paragon)

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Edition of 50

£375.00

31 x 31 cm

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NB: Cloth bound cover with blind embossed title (Hardback)

72 Pages, 37 Duotone Plates
ISBN: 978-1-904587-69-9

Published by: Dewi Lewis Publishing
Publication date: 2008

Includes an essay by Gerry Badger.

A signed and numbered special limited edition of 50
including a 27.9 x 27.9 cm (or 11 x 11"), including borders, toned silver gelatin print.

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In his essay, "Meeting with Unremarkable Trees" Gerry Badger reminds us of the many great artists who have painted and photographed nature and most specifically trees.

The essay, printed as the forward to Paul Hart's book "Truncated", discusses our relationship with these sentinels of nature and recognises how the tree, when photographed by Hart and others is full of character and should be, "treated as an individual, as an old friend we know and cherish"

Badger puts forward an interesting distinction between those artists who respond to the forest and others who respond to the tree itself. "There are trees and there are woods and forest, as there are people, and societies" and photographers and artists fall into one of these two camps. Hart, Badger argues, is a photographer of the forest rather than trees. His "rich, dark prints capture the Stygian gloom of the dense pine forests perfectly….conjuring up the forest's materiality – the texture, smell and feel of the timber…"

The forest for Hart, is a spiritual place, changing with the seasons yet self-contained. The density of the planting calms the wind and filters out the noise of its surroundings, creating a sanctuary from the bustle of the 21st century and with a floor of pine needles deadening the footsteps, its hushed tones make it almost "cathedral-like".

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