“Forests are the lungs of the earth”
This X-Ray was processed to a ghostly image between the trees which themselves are ambiguous – do we see a tree trunk, or the dry sandy floor of a river? Both sky and gums are reflected in the waters of the lake.
In this image three components combine; a eucalypt forest, clouds on the surface of water, and the chest X-ray of a child with a progressive fibrosing disease of the lung. It links earth’s life breath with the suffering of the child.
Trees absorb and lock carbon, releasing oxygen that is essential to life on earth. Meanwhile the world continues to reduce forest areas, burning, and exploiting our environment, substituting concrete. Whilst the child will endure breathing problems for the rest of her short life, our air gathers increasing quantities of carbon dioxide and without adequate forest cover, just like this child’s inadequate lung volume due to her restrictive disorder, will suffocate the earth.