Tearing open the parcels of my Bent books, I was really happy with the quality of the reproductions and layouts and, absurdly so, with the captions. Partly it was the memory of cutting and pasting all 68 ‘darlings’ into the big hardback, and going cross-eyed matching the caption numbers with images in the small softcover. But most importantly it was the knowledge that, as planned, I’d been able to name all the trees.
For this major thanks are due to people and institutions – so a big shout out to Janis Freegard – the talented poet, botanist and policy person, who tracked down an Elm, Moreton Bay Figs and Fan Palms and this Sawara Cypress (how good it feels to know that name).
Cross with Sawara Cypress, Otaki (from the Bent series. Image copyright Mary Macpherson)
And the multi-talented Jonathan Kennett who’s written the text for the books, and helped identified many of the trees and wood in the images, including this table – which is a companion picture to the cross.
Macrocarpa table, Featherston (from the Bent series, image copyright Mary Macpherson)
And this treatment of Silver Birches.
Pollarded Silver Birches, Taupo (from the Bent series, image copyright Mary Macpherson)
Bent is my series about how the lives of trees are affected by human needs. An extract from the work will show at Photospace Gallery, Wellington from 22 February 2014. A limited edition hardback book will be launched at the same time.