When Trees Are Dying (Working Title)



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



untitled (Mount Greylock) (2019-20), 16x20”, unique solarized and baked gelatin silver print



untitled (Chapel Hill) (2019-20) 14x11”, unique solarized and baked gelatin silver print


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


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


untitled (Harvard Forest) (2019-20) 16 x 20”, unique solarized gelatin silver print

2019 - ongoing
Different Sizes
Unique Gelatin Silver Prints, 1 AP



“When Trees Are Dying” focuses on the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. In particular, I focus on how climate change affects 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 (Chapel Hill) (2019) 10 x 8”, unique solarized and baked gelatin silver print


untitled (Chapel Hill) (2019) 10 x 8”, unique solarized and baked gelatin silver print


My intention is to photograph forests in three states and climate zones to show the impacts of global warming on forests. In North Carolina, I will focus on warming, drought, storms, flooding, and invasive insect pests; in Massachusetts on warming and invasive insect pests; and in California on warming, fire and drought. If those travels are impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I will only photograph in North Carolina.

I will take photos on 4x5 film with a large format camera. I will use specific photography processes to visualize each impact. For example, I visualize ‘warming’ through solarizing images in the darkroom or ‘drought’ by solarizing images and by baking them in a kiln. I will create 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 and whilst being a visiting researcher at Harvard Forest in the summer of 2019.







Mark