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Forest

Walking among trees

Matt Collins

Roo Lewis

Pavilion

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ISBN: 9781911595267

Price: £25.00

Publication date: 7 February 2019

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

Forest is a celebration of the diverse ways in which trees and forests are as magnificent, economically relevant and profoundly enchanting today as they ever have been.

 

Journeying across the continents, writer Matt Collins and photographer Roo Lewis tie together both the historical context and modern day applications of some of the world’s most fascinating and iconic trees. Together they explore the heritage of woodlands from around the world and meet those whose lives are inexplicably bound to them.

 

The book is divided into 10 main chapters, each of which explores a single genus of tree – Pine, Juniper, Oak, Hornbeam, Cherry, Beech, Birch, Chestnut, Douglas-Fir and Poplar. Each chapter provides the reader with a short introduction to the genus, followed by a journalistic account of its relevance to modern day life (from gin making on Isle of Islay to a truffle farm in Spain), and concludes with an account of the genus in its native forest (from Hornbeams in the Ironwoods of Ontario to Firs on Vancouver Island).

 

Captured on medium format film, Roo’s stunning, rich colour images are the perfect companion to Matt’s engaging storytelling and botanical knowledge. Forest crafts a captivating interpretation of the story of the forest through the trees.

ABOUT THE Author

Matt Collins came to writing from a horticultural background. He trained at the Botanic Gardens of Wales before taking up a consultancy position with the Garden Museum in London, and serving as Head Gardener for a private residence in Richmond. Passionate about wildflowers, his current interests lie at the intersection of city and natural landscapes, and the ways in which naturalized flora responds to man-made environments. Matt documents his written and horticultural work at orangetip.co.uk.

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ABOUT THE Photographer

Roo Lewis is a fashion and advertising photographer. His clients include VICE, Getty, Topshop, Audi and Sony. Growing up in Dorset he was surrounded by nature and now chooses to base much of his personal work on exploring the subject. When not shooting for clients, Roo can be found in the darkroom of his North London studio printing his latest projects. www.roolewis.com

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