Tree Zone
copyright — @ Nicolai Howalt
year — 2008
edition — Edition of 5 + 2 AP
size — Various sizes
material — digital c-print on dipond

In this marginal land you see solitary trees weighed down by snow. The trees are bent and stunted by their harsh environment.
Tree Zone by Trine Søndergaard and Nicolai Howalt is a photographic exploration of the Nordic landscape and ways in which we relate to it. Thematically and formally this work is a continuation of previous projects HOW TO HUNT, DYING BIRDS and HUNTING GROUND.
In a series of images the artists have captured the barren landscapes found in areas along the Nordic timber line during winter. Human forms may appear, but they seem insignificantly small within the vast, white nothingness.
The images represent a humanization of nature: Trees figure as human symbols in a series of ”tree portraits” together with larger panoramic landscapes in monumental formats. In this way a suspense is created between immense, impenetrable space and singular, isolated trees.
These large, colourless images tell a story of defiance, of surviving in spite of ruthless conditions, of being part of a world that you can not fully control or know.


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