‘That Tree’: Photographer Mark Hirsch Becomes One With An Oak Tree In Lovely Documentary Project (PHOTOS)
Posted: 05/29/2013 7:35 am EDT | Updated: 05/29/2013 8:23 am EDT
Mark Hirsch, a 52-year-old photojournalist based out of Dubuque, Iowa, has formed an unlikely attachment to a tree. The attachment is so strong, in fact, that he’s spent the last year photographing it, venturing out to this lone oak each day to capture a unique snapshot of his photosynthetic friend.
The images of this endearing project have been collected under the name “That Tree,” a fitting title for a series that began on a whim. Hirsch had actually spent 19 years driving by his tree without a thought, and it wasn’t until a fellow photographer challenged him to try his hand at the iPhone camera that he began his over 365-day photo journal of the growing relationship between a man and a plant.
We recently caught up with Hirsch, who is planning to release “That Tree” as a book later this summer, and asked him a few questions about his strange fascination with a single tree. Here’s what Hirsch had to say about his unassuming subject matter and the sentimental connection he was able to discover. (Scroll down for interview.)