I love trees

If you're wondering who I am and what I do then read on... I love trees and since 2013 their beauty and perseverance have been the inspiration for my art practice. In the current climate crisis I am deeply grateful for their ability to absorb carbon dioxide, reduce pollution and emit oxygen, naturally improving our air quality.

My mission is to raise our awareness of how trees benefit all life on the planet with the hope that we become more mindful and respectful of the trees that live amongst us.

I carry out my mission by creating radiant tree portraits. What do I mean by radiant? Think of light shimmering through a tree canopy or the glow of sunshine through a leaf. I emulate these qualities by combining my photographs with metal leaf.

I describe my work as digital photography with a vintage twist because the gold, silver and copper metallic backgrounds shimmer and change according to the light conditions and resemble early photographic processes such as daguerreotypes and tintypes. I add another splash of vintage by rendering the trees in colour and the surrounding streetscapes in black and white; a technique that results in a digital version of the hand coloured photograph.

I photograph a wide variety of trees, newly planted, mature beauties both in the city and out in the country. If you have a favourite tree you'd like to commission a portrait of just contact me and we can make it happen.

Nicola Woods

Me and a magnificent oak tree in Georgian Bay.

Photo Credit: Paul Ramses