Inspired by our Adopt-a-Street-Tree project in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, The Trees Amongst Us by Nicola Woods is a series of photographs mounted on metal leaf depicting the street trees throughout the seasons. The the work will be exhibitied at ARTiculations, Earl Selkirk Gallery from May 3 to 27, 2018 during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. The opening reception will be held Saturday May 5th from 4:00-7:00pm.
Through the Adopt-a-Street-Tree project, LEAF and the City of Toronto work with various businesses, organizations and individuals in the Junction (and other neighbourhoods) to ensure the health and vibrancy of street trees. As a Junction resident and artist whose work focuses on trees Nicola was impressed with this approach to tree stewardship and decided to document the street trees in a new series of photographs.
As Nicola photographed and became more aware of the trees she decided that each tree whether a Pioneer Elm, a Basswood, or Honey Locust, whether native or introduced, is worthy of its own portrait. To highlight individual trees and the challenging conditions they face, Nicola transposes the trees from their concrete encasements to an environment of embellished, radiant, metal leaf. With The Trees Amongst Us, Nicola hopes to heighten an awareness of the benefits that street trees provide and encourage support of and participation in the Adopt-a-Street-Tree project.
Nicola is a visual artist working in photography with a particular love and fascination for trees. She creates luminous photographs to advocate for the welfare of wild and urban trees. You can view more of her work on her website and on Instagram.