You may have seen him on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC News, in the Huffington Post, on NPR, or perhaps you are one of his over 30,000 Facebook Fans. Regardless of how or whether you know photographer, artist Mark Hirsch and his internationally renowned project That Tree, you will be awed and inspired by the photographs on view at Gallery C this October.
While recovering from a near fatal car accident in 2012, Hirsch was inspired by a friend to use his iPhone to document a year-long photo a day project focusing on an old bur oak tree. Hirsch embraced the challenge resulting in a transformative experience of healing, self-discovery, inspiration, and enlightenment.
Trees resonate deeply in the souls of millions of people. Hirsch says that as a photographer and a person, That Tree spoke to him.
“She spoke of patience and dedication, hidden beauty and personal healing. Nestled in a valley between two cornfields, That Tree has witnessed a dramatic metamorphosis of the land. For an entire year using only my iPhone, I would quietly coax her stories and share in her wisdom through my visual discoveries in and around her realm.”
The year long project along with Hirsch’s reflections have been published in a coffee table book, “That Tree”, available at www.thattree.net, and will also be available for sale at Gallery C throughout the exhibition.