Ancient & Remarkable Trees

of The New Forest

This project runs in tandem with a series of exhibitions The current exhibition is being shown in Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Dr, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE Tel.01425 278807, ending14th March The project has been supported by the New Forest National Park Authority and is dedicated to the memory of Nick Evans, who was then their Senior Policy Officer.  His enthusiasm and belief in the importance of the ancient woodlands of The New Forest gave me   the impetus and encouragement to start and to continue with this work.. The intentions of these exhibitions are to increase our appreciation and respect for these often hidden treasures of the forest and to encourage us all to see more clearly and feel more deeply the natural systems that we are a part of.   The woodlands are vitally important for our wellbeing both mentally and physically and these surviving hulks of living history are now under increasing threats from climate change, disease and development. We need to have a greater awareness of the fragility of these eco systems that are so vital to us all and of the importance of the green world that surrounds us.

David Russell

My father bought me my first proper camera when I was 9, a Kodak Retinette which neither of us had a clue how to use, but I really liked the smell and feel of it, the leather, metal and glass.   There was a gradual realisation of the magic that could be created with it.   I suspect deep down I still have that same feeling for the camera as a tool and respect for what it can achieve.

That same year we moved to live in the New Forest with promises of Robin Hood behind every tree and I've loved it ever since.  I went to school in Southampton and then inevitably studied photography at Bournemouth College of Art.  

Most of my working life as a professional photographer has been in and around the New Forest, so it was natural for me to undertake this very personal project.