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 Elder on Fire, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009   Working Forest   In the blue collar forests of the Coast Range in Oregon, where I live and photograph, the soil and rain combine with forest science and technology to grow trees with astounding efficiency.  This project  began in 2009 as an exploration of the landscape that surrounded my new home. It has become an exploration of the cyclical nature of tree farming grown in the wake of the old growth forests.   As John Perlin writes in  A Forest Journey ,  western civilization began cutting down its ancient forests in the lush valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers 5,000 years ago. As civilizations rose the forests fell. That process migrated up from the middle east through Europe and across the United States.   Since the first trees began to fall, artists and writers have been questioning what it means to replace the wild with a controlled, colonized and predictable landscape. With Working Forest I go beyond the views of clear cuts to examine the entire cycle of contemporary tree farming. 

Elder on Fire, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Working Forest

In the blue collar forests of the Coast Range in Oregon, where I live and photograph, the soil and rain combine with forest science and technology to grow trees with astounding efficiency.

This project  began in 2009 as an exploration of the landscape that surrounded my new home. It has become an exploration of the cyclical nature of tree farming grown in the wake of the old growth forests. 

As John Perlin writes in A Forest Journey,  western civilization began cutting down its ancient forests in the lush valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers 5,000 years ago. As civilizations rose the forests fell. That process migrated up from the middle east through Europe and across the United States. 

Since the first trees began to fall, artists and writers have been questioning what it means to replace the wild with a controlled, colonized and predictable landscape. With Working Forest I go beyond the views of clear cuts to examine the entire cycle of contemporary tree farming. 

 Elder in Freezing Fog, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

Elder in Freezing Fog, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

 Gate and Clearcut, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Gate and Clearcut, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

 Gate and Burn Piles, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Gate and Burn Piles, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

 Gate and Young Saplings, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

Gate and Young Saplings, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

 Burn Pile in Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon 2009

Burn Pile in Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon 2009

 Burn Pile and Smoke, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Burn Pile and Smoke, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

 Trees with Dead Limbs, Coast Range, Oregon, 2008

Trees with Dead Limbs, Coast Range, Oregon, 2008

 'Pistol Butt' Stump, Coast Range, Oregon, 2010

'Pistol Butt' Stump, Coast Range, Oregon, 2010

 Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014

Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014

 Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014

Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014

 Piles Burning at Twilight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Piles Burning at Twilight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

 Dead Sapling and Stumps, Coast Range, Oregon, 2012

Dead Sapling and Stumps, Coast Range, Oregon, 2012

 Douglas Firs, Ground Fog and Sunlight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015

Douglas Firs, Ground Fog and Sunlight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015

 Sapling, Fog and Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015

Sapling, Fog and Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015

 View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

 View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

 View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2016

View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2016

 Burn Pile and Morning Mist, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Burn Pile and Morning Mist, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Elder on Fire, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Working Forest

In the blue collar forests of the Coast Range in Oregon, where I live and photograph, the soil and rain combine with forest science and technology to grow trees with astounding efficiency.

This project  began in 2009 as an exploration of the landscape that surrounded my new home. It has become an exploration of the cyclical nature of tree farming grown in the wake of the old growth forests. 

As John Perlin writes in A Forest Journey,  western civilization began cutting down its ancient forests in the lush valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers 5,000 years ago. As civilizations rose the forests fell. That process migrated up from the middle east through Europe and across the United States. 

Since the first trees began to fall, artists and writers have been questioning what it means to replace the wild with a controlled, colonized and predictable landscape. With Working Forest I go beyond the views of clear cuts to examine the entire cycle of contemporary tree farming. 

Elder in Freezing Fog, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

Gate and Clearcut, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Gate and Burn Piles, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Gate and Young Saplings, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

Burn Pile in Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon 2009

Burn Pile and Smoke, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Trees with Dead Limbs, Coast Range, Oregon, 2008

'Pistol Butt' Stump, Coast Range, Oregon, 2010

Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014

Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014

Piles Burning at Twilight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

Dead Sapling and Stumps, Coast Range, Oregon, 2012

Douglas Firs, Ground Fog and Sunlight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015

Sapling, Fog and Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015

View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013

View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2016

Burn Pile and Morning Mist, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009

 Elder on Fire, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009   Working Forest   In the blue collar forests of the Coast Range in Oregon, where I live and photograph, the soil and rain combine with forest science and technology to grow trees with astounding efficiency.  This project  began in 2009 as an exploration of the landscape that surrounded my new home. It has become an exploration of the cyclical nature of tree farming grown in the wake of the old growth forests.   As John Perlin writes in  A Forest Journey ,  western civilization began cutting down its ancient forests in the lush valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers 5,000 years ago. As civilizations rose the forests fell. That process migrated up from the middle east through Europe and across the United States.   Since the first trees began to fall, artists and writers have been questioning what it means to replace the wild with a controlled, colonized and predictable landscape. With Working Forest I go beyond the views of clear cuts to examine the entire cycle of contemporary tree farming. 
 Elder in Freezing Fog, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013
 Gate and Clearcut, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009
 Gate and Burn Piles, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009
 Gate and Young Saplings, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013
 Burn Pile in Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon 2009
 Burn Pile and Smoke, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009
 Trees with Dead Limbs, Coast Range, Oregon, 2008
 'Pistol Butt' Stump, Coast Range, Oregon, 2010
 Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014
 Waiting to Burn, Coast Range, Oregon, 2014
 Piles Burning at Twilight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009
 Dead Sapling and Stumps, Coast Range, Oregon, 2012
 Douglas Firs, Ground Fog and Sunlight, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015
 Sapling, Fog and Morning Light, Coast Range, Oregon, 2015
 View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2013
 View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009
 View From The Edge, Coast Range, Oregon, 2016
 Burn Pile and Morning Mist, Coast Range, Oregon, 2009