Sylvan Light
Photographs from the world's forests. 1993-1998

For the past 5 years I have been taking pictures of trees -- selectively, sporadically, and with little reason other than a continual fascination with the arboreal form.

I suppose I have always felt a kinship with trees, and I've certainly always felt at home in the forest. Growing up in a mountain town in Colorado and having a name like "Alder" perhaps has predisposed me towards a better relationship with green leafy things than most.

Wood seems to me a primeval substance, expressing a history of forces and events beyond human experience. At times they are just growing things, at other times living breathing creatures with faces, and always trees are storytellers in form and light and shadow.