Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpirit Project founder, is an environmental artist who specializes in photographs of people, naked and vulnerable, in communion with trees. His respectful, deliberate process heightens people’s joy of connection to nature and their appreciation for the beauty of their bodies. He has been a professional photographer since 1987 (see below), and “TreeSpirit” began in 2003.
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The ongoing collection of TreeSpirit photographs — and the powerful, healing experiences people have making them — are created and exhibited to raise awareness of the critical role trees play in our lives, both globally and personally. It has become the world’s largest collection of its kind, and continues to grow.
An in-depth interview with Jack about TreeSpirit, its evolution and more, by Fstoppers.com. November 2011
He became a professional photographer himself in 1988. His commercial and editorial photography has appeared in hundreds of places: magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters, greeting cards and in advertising: www.JackPhoto.com
The TreeSpirit Project is an environmental art project, and Jack’s labor of love. It began serendipitously in 2003 as a few photographs of trees Jack felt strong connection to and affection for. He added humans for scale, for drama, for tenderness. READ MORE OF HOW IT BEGAN.
“TreeSpirit” combines Jack’s childhood passions for nature, people, and words, with adult passions of photography, writing, and environmental advocacy. It is fueled by some of his most powerful childhood memories in the countryside: exploring streams and ponds, playing in fields and in the downpour of thunderstorms, and of course climbing trees.
TreeSpirit imagery has appeared in media around the world.
Jack now lives in the woods of west Marin county, CA. He’s grateful to be in the inspiring and soothing company of northern California’s madrones, bay laurels, towering redwoods and centuries-old Douglas Fir trees.
And he still likes to climb them.
“Woodman, spare that tree! Touch not a single bough!
In youth it sheltered me.. And I’ll protect it now.
- 1837, George Pope Morris
Introductory VIDEO of Jack Gescheidt and TreeSpirit:
Production, Principal Videography and Editing by Tamara Gurbis/Phenomenal Films, LLC
Jack Gescheidt, “RAW Artist” interview, 2014: