Filmmaker Tamara Gurbis has recorded a few of the larger TreeSpirit Project photographic events in 2006 and 2007. She and I have concluded that the process of making each TreeSpirit photo—all populated with volunteer participants—is a great story worth telling on video.
So what began as a series of still photographs depicting human interdependence with trees and nature, then grew to receive lots of media attention, has evolved to include a documentary film project.
Tamara and I want the large and diverse number of regular people drawn to participate in TreeSpirit photographs to tell their compelling stories of connecting to nature in their own voices. We expect to mix these voices with more from me about my process and motivations and experiences making these photographs, and include special guests we’ll invite to speak about the practical and miraculous reaons why trees matter.
A teaser trailer for the film will be posted on the TreeSpirit Project website in the near future, to generate excitement and funding for the production budget, which includes making both the film and more TreeSpirit photographs around the U.S.
We’ll also be looking for future TreeSpirit participants who would enjoy sharing their experiences on camera.
I’ll keep you posted on this exciting news in the weeks ahead.
In love with trees,