This body of work concentrates on images of trees found predominantly in the arid zone of far western NSW, Australia. In this exhibition Louise focused on trees and bushes such as the Mulga, with its umbrella like form and isolated existence.
To date the photographs she has taken are always of singular, lone trees, which, through her manipulation and placement, she manages to imbue with a poetic resonance.
Trained as a painter she employs the vernacular of this discipline by applying layers or glazes of light onto specially chosen trees that may otherwise have been disregarded and ignored; concentrating on its individual qualities or personality. This process draws out the tree, making it special, individualistic, even sacred.
The Venerated Trees of India
Louise has been conducting Field Research across 10 states of India over the past ten years, and is completing a book on the Veneration of the Tree in India. She has discovered that this practice is an important environmental phenomena, as when a Tree has been aesthetically enhanced it is always protected. She has taken hundreds of photographs, so this Gallery only represents a taste.
The Honourable Trees of Japan
Louise teaches a course in Japan which involves walking the 1000 year old pilgrimage route in the Kii Mountains, called the Kumano Kodo.
The Remarkable Trees of Paris
In 2015 Louise was invited by the L’Association A.R.B.R.E.S (Arbres Remarquables : Bilan, Recherche, Etudes et Sauvegarde), the Association for Trees in France, to produce a body of work that represents the importance of ‘Les Arbres Remarquable de Paris’ ( The Remarkable Trees of Paris). For 20 years the association A.R.B.R.E.S has travelled across France to research her legendary Trees. Their aim has been to raise awareness and publicise these Trees in order to protect them.
The Elegant Trees of Italy
St Francis of Assissi has been declared the Patron Saint of those who care about nature. St Francis found divinity in Nature and established a Sacred Forest, the Forest Monumental de La Verna, which is preserved to this day by Franciscan Friars. Some of these Trees were photographed in the sacred forest of St Francis of Assissi.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then let all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord