Over the last few years photographer Eirik Johnson has scouted trees of all environs, looking for human traces upon them, and musing on the (often) adolescent emotions and explorations that lead to poignant sentiments recorded within a living surface.
Johnson envisioned and realized a sonic set of reflections to accompany his photographs, revisiting his own history as a musician and bringing in a varied group of collaborators who responded to the photographs with their compositions and recordings.
Eirik Johnson (b. Seattle, WA, 1974; resides in Seattle) has received numerous awards including the 2012 Neddy at Cornish Award in Open Medium (for what became this series), a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2009, the Santa Fe Prize in 2005, and a William J. Fulbright Grant to Peru in 2000. His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, among others. He is the author of two previous mongraphs: Borderlands (Twin Palms, 2005) and Sawdust Mountain (Aperture, 2009). He is the Programs Chair at Photographic Center Northwest, and also serves as affiliate faculty at the University of Washington, of which he is an alum.