When Trees Are Dying 




untitled 3 (Battle Park, NC) (2019-20) 14x11”, solarized and roasted gelatin silver print



untitled 2 (Mount Greylock, MA) (2019-20), 16x20”, solarized and roasted gelatin silver print




untitled 1 (Battle Park, NC) (2019) 10 x 8”, solarized and raosted gelatin silver print


untitled 2 (Battle Park, NC) (2019) 10 x 8”, solarized and burned gelatin silver print

2019 - Ongoing
Different Sizes
Unique Gelatin Silver Prints and
Archival Pigment Prints, Edition of 5 (1 AP)



“When Trees Are Dying” focuses on the effects of climate change on forests. Forests are major carbon sinks and remain one of the most critical ecosystems to preserve. Climate change will increase both average and extreme temperatures across the globe. Depending on their geographic location, trees (both broadleaf and conifers) face different impacts from rising temperatures to invasive insect pests, fires, flooding, storms, or droughts.



untitled 1 (Wayah Bald, NC) (2020) 24 x 20”, solarized gelatin silver print


untitled 1 (Mount Greylock, MA) (2019-20), 16x20”, solarized gelatin silver print


untitled 3 (Mount Greylock, MA) (2019-20) 14x11”, solarized gelatin silver print


untitled 1 (Monroe State Park, MA) (2019-20) 20x16”, solarized gelatin silver print


I photograph forests in three U.S. states and climate zones to show the impacts of global warming: North Carolina, Massachusetts and California.

I take photos on 4x5 film with a large format camera. I use specific photography processes to represent each impact. For example, I evoke ‘warming’ through solarizing images in the darkroom or ‘drought’ by solarizing images and by roasting them in a kiln. The images will be presented in a multi-part photo installation with both b/w and color prints. The sizes will vary from 8 x 11” to 30 x 40”.

I started working on this project during a faculty residency at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists and a visiting researcher stay at Harvard Forest in the summer of 2019. 




untitled 2 (Monroe State Park, MA) (2019-20) 20 x 16”, laser etched archival pigment print


untitled 1 (Mount Mitchell, NC) (2020) 38.4 x 16”, archival pigment print



untitled 2 (Mount Mitchell, NC)
(2020) 16 x 20”, archival pigment print


Photography creates a plethora of carbon emissions among others by traveling, shipping, photo supplies, or darkroom printing and so does working on this project. I stayed locally as much as possible to emit as little carbon as possible. The carbon emissions that I created with this project was set off through www.carbonfootprint.com








Mark