Created 7-Oct-21
22 photos

21 images submitted to the Royal Photographic Society which earned a Fellowship level distinction, the highest available with the society. The images are accompanied by a "statement of intent":
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
John Muir
I have always had a strong affinity to nature and woodland in particular. The range of sensations within a wood bring a sense of wonder, comfort and peace. In Japan they call it Shinrin-Yoku, taking in the forest atmosphere or “forest bathing”.
I live in Surrey which has the most trees of any county in England. I am within easy reach of many of these woodland areas and visit them almost daily, most often in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is at its best. For me, being amongst the trees is calming, invigorating and therapeutic. I love to search for order in the chaos.
My intent is to share with you this experience and to show the beauty to be found in the woods of Surrey. Through a series of moments captured when a combination of the light, season and weather reveal otherwise hidden works of art, I aim to evoke the sense of wellbeing this landscape provides.
I have concentrated on the period from early Autumn through winter and into the very early Spring when the moods, light, textures and colours are at their most variable and harmonious and one can still see the wood for the trees.

Dr Edward A Hyde

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