Old Growth

2022





Forests are strange. The American myth of the dark woods is largely an inherited European narrative, formed in a different age, culture, and, most importantly, a different ecosystem — and worse yet, so much of that myth is projected onto young unsustainable monoculture forests that were the early attempts of reforestation in the post-war era. What then is the ‘true’ forest?

Old Growth is a study of coastal redwoods, known as some of the few places of virgin forest in the continental United States. In equal measure, it focuses on the surface ecosystem (the actual redwoods and the many species that tend to accompany it), and the pathfinding within the forest — trails, brooks and the different levels of interventions created to accommodate the visitors.