David Paul Bayles
Sap In Their Veins and Falling Trees
Photographer David Paul Bayles focuses on landscapes where the needs of forests and human pursuits often collide, sometimes coexist and on occasion find harmony. The exhibit features the series "Sap In Their Veins" and "Falling Trees."
“Sap In Their Veins” combines intimate portraits of loggers and their families along with textual oral history excerpts. The work makes very personal some of the abstract notions about logging and what it means to those that try to make a living from the forestry industry.
“Falling Trees” capture the moment when a tree is transforming from tree to lumber. As the photographer states, “There is a point when the opposing forces of energy were held in suspension. Those few seconds, between life and death, seemed simultaneously ephemeral and eternal.”
On display is something unique. One collection focuses on the individuals who make a living in the woods, while in the other we see the individual trees that make up a forest community and the natural material humans rely on. Collectively, these exhibits provide an opportunity to consider our complex relationship to this element of our surrounding environment and natural resource upon which we greatly depend.
The exhibit includes a story space where visitors may record a favorite story relating to trees or the forest community. Stories are being compiled in an archive and will be used in future exhibits.
Roger H.D. Rowley, Director
Exhibition: Oct. 4 – Dec. 7, 2019
Opening Reception: 5 - 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Artist Talk: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Engineering Physics Building Rm 122 on the U of I Moscow Campus.