Ali Shokri born in 1982 in Iran is a nature photographer and passionate for trees. He has been working on The Tree project for more than 16 years. As a result of this project, the artist has had a chance to have individual and group exhibitions and was a Ted speaker about Tree life. Also, his book The Passion Of Trees was published by Matador, UK.
“To me, each tree, like a human being, has a tale to tell. When a tree dies, a whole story is interrupted, a destiny is altered for the worse. I feel as if the trees, bundled at the back of trucks, are cursing us with their broken hands, wounded faces, and severed roots. Perhaps this is how we are led towards damnation, little by little stripped of our humanity when man’s “abounding foliage moistened with the dew” is reduced to ash and smoke.”
“I know I can’t save our trees with my photographs, I can’t restore Nature to her imperious verdure, yet I try to capture the lonesomeness and exile of the trees and encourage the viewers to look at nature with a different gaze, to remember that in the absence of trees the birds are homeless and there’s no air to breathe, to remember that if there are no trees humanity has already vanished.” Ali Shokri
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