In most religions, trees are central to the idea of wisdom: the Tree of Knowledge. Trees are also essential to the idea of life and the circle of life. In Genesis, there is the Tree of Life and in Norse mythology there is the world tree, Yggdrasil. But what do trees see?
My project is to discover the trees, they're growth through the different seasons, while keeping a balance between beauty and reality in mind. Despite my mythical inspirations, I am not working as a painter or a teller of fairytales. I think of myself as a watcher of the daily world. Thus, the lil ladies represent the relationship between time and human reproduction (the human circle of life). Although trees are very important to me, a tree alone cannot speak without human presence.
Besides trees, I have always been fascinated by water. Whenever I am seeking calm, I return to the Norwegian waters. My images of the reeds and the water points to nature’s pictorial qualities. I think of the waves and the reeds as nature’s brushstrokes on the canvas. The randomness and abstraction of my water photographs combine the playful and poetic that is present in nature. Even though nature itself always changes, it also remains the same — there is an eternal playfulness in its being which I love.
In the end, whether photographing trees or water or people, I am trying to engage with the fundamental wholeness of nature, the way that things are linked together.
— Marius Schultz