Teresa Philo Gruber
(*1983), graduated inphotography at the University of Applied Science Bielefeld, Germany. At themoment she is working at the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and studyingin a master program for history of photography at the University Zurich. Herbook “There was a sense of family …” TheFriends of Mark Morrisroe was published 2012 by Verlag für Moderne Kunst.
Tree Portraits (Teuteburger Wald, Bielefeld2006)
When you walk througha forest your eyes might wander along the trunks of the trees, admire thestrength of the big ones and slide up into the height of the highest tops. Butthe forest is not only about these old and wise majesties. There are also thelittle and weak ones. What makes a forest a real forest is the coexistence ofgenerations – and species of course. The kindergarten of the forest is oftenoverlooked. Pay attention to the young characters that have already developedtheir own peculiarities. Their forms are clear and yet already inimitable. Lettheir young beauty step out of the shadow – give them a stage and you willrecognize the singularity of every detail.
The tree portraitswere taken on site using a white backdrop and natural light – bringing thephoto studio into the forest instead of digging up and stirring theprotagonists. As all characters are of German origin they have the habit tochange their fashion in the course of the year. Some of them were portrayed intheir autumn mood, standing naked within the dead leaves of their fathers andmothers. Naked and already budding, already full of energy – which they gatherfrom the moldering dead leaves and during the winter pause. Months later theypresent themselves in innocent green, full of ambition to compete and to grow.