David Paul Bayles left Los Angeles in the mid seventies for the Sierra Nevada mountains to work one season as a logger. He fell in love with the physicality, the camaraderie and the dangerous work. One season became four as he worked setting chokers, bumping knots and skinning cat. To this day he struggles to answer how he could love trees and forests even as he loved the work that brought them down. In a larger sense it is not his question alone. We are a culture that consumes and often abuses and destroys Nature in so many ways, even as we profess our love for her.
His personal projects have always been close to home and part of his daily life as a commercial photographer. Urban Forest was created while living and working in southern California. The Falling Forest was created while revisiting an earlier part of his life. And now with Working Forest and Living with Land, he is photographing the landscape that surrounds his home in the Coast Range of Western Oregon.
His photographs are in public and private collections and have been published in numerous magazines. His one monograph to date, Urban Forest - Images of Trees in the Human Landscape was selected by the Christian Science Monitor as one of the seven best photography books of 2003.