Nat Geo Assignment: Tree of Life

Nat Geo Assignment: Tree of Life - Kristian Bertel
Palmist, India submitted to the assignment ‘Tree of Life’ on National Geographic.

 
 
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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called ‘Tree of Life‘. The photo assignment curated by Erika Larson, a National Geographic photographer, is focusing on trees and howe see trees in the world. Trees have been on the Earth for 370 million years, and the majority of people see one on a daily basis. The importance of trees is rarely debated. Culture, religion, and art around the world have venerated trees since the beginning of time. Scientists often say that photosynthesis is one the most important chemical reactions occurring on Earth. Trees stabilize Earth’s climate, provide a habitat for many animals, and produce wood, and they can even can provide ingredients for drugs that fight disease and illness. Erika Larson thoughts on trees: “- For me, trees provide a place of solitude, respite, and healing. They also reflect the unknown and otherworldly. Trees are sages. A photograph of a tree will appear in some way or another in the majority of my projects. They reflect the mood of the landscape and the culture I’m in, and they also become reflections of myself”, she says.

About the tree – as a topic
For this assignment National Geographic wanted the participating photographers to think about what the theme ‘Tree of Life’ means to us, and to our community, to our culture, to our world. It is inevitable that something that has been around as long as trees will teach us. This assignment is about looking, becoming silent, listening, learning, and teaching. That which reflects us also reflects our world. Let your trees be a mirror for your world.

Palm trees in India
Palms are among the best known and most extensively cultivated plant families also in India. They have been important to humans throughout much of history. Many common products and foods are derived from palms, and palms are also widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance, making them one of the most economically important plants. In many historical cultures, palms were symbols for such ideas as victory, peace, and fertility. Today, palms remain a popular symbol for the tropics and vacations. Palms have large, evergreen leaves that are either palmately the so-called fan-leaved or pinnately, feather-leaved, compound and spirally arranged at the top of the stem. The leaves have a tubular sheath at the base that usually splits open on one side at maturity.

“- I photographed this man who was sitting under a tree in Mumbai, India. For me trees are one of the most important things we to preserve in nature. Trees play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store large quantities of carbon in their tissues. Trees and forests provide a habitat for many species of animals and plants. Tropical rainforests are one of the most biodiverse habitats in the world. Trees provide shade and shelter, timber for construction, fuel for cooking and heating, and fruit for food as well as having many other uses”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says.

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