|From the 'GREEN MEDICINE - Forests of the Pacific Northwest' portfolio|
©Michael G. O'Brien
Prints for sale in 10"x15" and 16'x20"
Custom sizes and framing are available.
"O unworn world enrapture me, encapture me in a web....."
by Patrick Kavanagh from Canal Bank Walk
I use photography as a tool to explore the raw elemental power of the natural world by visiting and re-visiting places I’m drawn to in order to be touched by their spiritual essence. I try to capture images that convey this essence to share with others.
Humanity has historically looked to trees for their healing properties and medicines. While we’ve made preparations from the leaves, bark or roots, humans have also known that to simply be in the presence of plant beings can be healing and can be ‘plant medicine’. We have a long and deep relationship with trees.
Trees are potent living sources and symbols of spiritual and physical healing, regeneration, immortality and salvation. Tree medicine also works on us at a deep psychological level beyond our awareness; trees have been seen as channels for divine energy for millennia. I believe we are still touched by that ancient world view even if we aren’t consciously aware of it. This can be seen in the recent phenomenon of Japanese ‘forest bathing’ now reaching the West, where people are guided into forests so they may be washed, cleansed and purified by the spiritual forces that pulsate through the woods in an all-encompassing unity – like a green baptism.