If you're wondering who I am and what I do then read on...
I love trees and both their physical beauty and symbolic meaning inspire me. In my work I explore how trees mark time and embody qualities of perseverance and shelter. Driven by my mission to raise awareness of the benefits provided by both wild and urban trees I create radiant tree portraits that resemble historical photographic techniques such as daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. 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 lend the work an ephemeral quality. 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.
I have participated in solo and group exhibitions in North America and completed projects in art residencies worldwide. My work has been featured in several online articles including "An Interview with Nicola Woods" by the London Urban Tree Festival, and "Spotlight: Nicola Woods on her Unique Process by Yonge + St. Clair (BIA)
Allow me to introduce you to #henrythetreedog ! It’s thanks to him that I discovered my passion for trees and began my ongoing series of tree portraits. I adopted Henry almost 10 years ago from ORA (Organization for the Rescue of Animals) I’d never had a dog before so I had no idea how much time I would spend walking outside. Over time, walking with Henry, I began to discover my neighbourhood. Previously, I hadn’t noticed the trees on the city streets, but the more I walked, the more I noticed them and their presence began to resonate with me. Since I was often walking when there weren’t very many people on the streets, the trees became my companions. I felt compelled to document my new tree friends and built up a collection of photographs.
Here is Henry posing beside a tree portrait I created featuring him and one of his favourite trees.