What do trees witness? How do they change through the seasons and over the years? What do they mean to us? What threats are there to trees, and what is being done to protect them and increase tree cover?
The Long View has been running since 2015 – a project focused on seven remarkably ordinary Cumbrian trees. We (Rob Fraser, photographer and Harriet Fraser, writer) have been visiting them repeatedly, in all weathers, night and day, through all four seasons. We have taken more than 350 people to the trees on public walks and as part of our work with local schools, and have strolled to them with ecologists, land managers and tree specialists as we learn more about the trees and the environments they dwell in.
We have recorded our meetings and our journeys through blog posts and have brought our work together in a touring exhibition of hand printed monochrome images, digital photographs, screen prints, poetry and installations – an invitation to step into tree time within the setting of a gallery. For a longer immersion among the trees, and more detail about the natural and cultural history of their landscape, we have put together a book: 184 pages, over 200 photographs, essays, journal entries, poetry and interviews with people who are passionate about trees.
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the wonder is
that we can see these trees
and not wonder more
Ralph Waldo Emerson