Hues n Barks zooms on the natural strokes on the tree barks – an attempt to strike a light, before the thunderous axe falls on it.
Trees! sacrificed their lives for the bipeds far before the bipeds were known as hominids. They provided food, shelter, cloths and fire to lit up the dawn of so called human civilization, and gave us papyrus to write our story, which now became history.
But even earlier to this, nature started engraving its remarks on the tree trunks by a biological time signature. These growth rings turned into a biorhythm of our earth, it marked the high degree of seasonal temperatures, rainfalls, and other climatic changes in a living tree for a few thousand years to the future.
But when the “we” the hominids started to fly, the climatic changes became drastic and unstable.Because of our interference like deforestation, greedy usage of earthly resources, the natural writings on the trees became complicated. Now we need a pair of esoteric eyes to see the etchings on the barks, we should have a light sensitive instrument to capture it, and we would need an empathic heart to create and depict it as an art form to the human understanding.
Here the artist is not a creator, in fact he invites you to see an unnatural incident, through an artistic point of view. This photo essay rewrites the laws of Art a lot. It narrates a tree’s life using 18 monumental frames, which is already carved on the tree barks for years. Starting with a gliding seed named SOUL IN A WOMB, to a burned forest – SOUL HOLOCAUST, where it flowing throw the lyrical titles like Sprouting angels, Seeing greater apes, Confronting a strange being, Warmth of a pith, When the axe shines, Conquering termites, Leaf in a labyrinth, and human claws.
Even a daguerreotype long exposure is enough to capture the stillness of the tree trunks, to give a relentless emotional movements on its wooden surface.