Ancient Tree Portraits in Sepia - Marion Sidebottom

Marion Sidebottom

Photographer & Artist

There are so many incredible trees in Epping Forest that some visitors fail to notice the individual character trees. This is a collection of sepia portraits of some of the ancient trees in Epping Forest and is an ongoing collection during my artist residency. They are designed to have a timeless almost Victorian Gothic feel to them.  I have stripped the trees back to their naked shape and form by fading out the background and removing distracting colours to reveal their individual characters. I am recording the forest at a point in time before it undergoes environmental change.  Many of these trees are hollow and fragile and one has already lost a large limb and another was targeted by arsonists since this project started.

These limited edition prints are now for sale, see PRINTS page for details

S37 Skirted Oak, Rushey Plain

S37 Skirted Oak, Rushey Plain Sepia Portraits of Ancient Trees (c) Marion Sidebottom

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