First there was nothing. A story of the universe told by trees.
In most religions trees tells the story of wisdom and the circle of life. But what do they see? Besides the tree, the branches, the leaves, and the roots? My project is to discover the trees, the growth through seasons — with beauty and reality in mind. Not as a painter or a fairytale teller. But as a watcher of today. The red haired girls represent the relation of time and human reproduction. Trees alone doesn’t tell anything without humans. The project started in 2008 and will continue.
From Norse mythology:
In the middle of Asgard, where the gods lived, was Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil was the tree of life. It was an eternal green Ash tree; its branches stretched out over all of the nine worlds, and extended up and above the heavens. (See more at: http://www.viking-mythology.com/yggdrasil.html)
The tree of life, referred to in Genesis, is the symbol of God’s provision for immortality in the Garden of Eden. Of all the trees that were in the Garden of Eden, two were named for their great importance, but just as one — the tree of life — was a blessing to Adam and Eve, the other was to become a curse for all of their posterity. “And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9).
"I got first place in an imagination contest! I had seven other kids on my team, and adults couldn’t help! We had to take a painting, and write a story about it. So we made up a story about a girl who accidentally walks through an old painting and ends up in 1890’s France— where the painting came from. And once she’s there, she can’t get back home, because she loses the painting! But then she learns that to get back home, she must make a new painting from the time period she came from!"
You might think you’re looking at four separate images that have been stitched together. Actually, though, that’s not the case at all…
Image: © Bela Borsodi
Scott Hazard tears and layers photographs to create these beautiful wormholes into other worlds.
"You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
"Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
"I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."