It never ceases to amaze me how much the network of branches on trees so closely resembles the circulatory system of mammals and living in Redwood territory I find myself in awe of trees all the time. Photographer Myoung Ho Lee captured the beauty of trees in a unique and tricky way. With his production crew, ropes, bars, and cranes, he created a canvas backdrop for different trees in all four seasons at varying times of day. The largest canvases were 60 x 45 feet and with a little retouching to remove the ropes and cranes, Lee created the illusion that the white backdrop is hovering behind the tree. By separating the tree from it’s natural landscape in the square of the canvas, but still revealing that landscape in the border, he focuses the viewer’s eyes right on the majestic qualities of the tree itself.
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In this series, each tree has it’s own identity- separate from its environment- as if it were taken into a studio for a photo shoot. Lee’s series, appropriately titled Tree was on display for a month at the Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC. He has received numerous awards and grants for his photography work in Korea, where he currently lives.