The Forest: A Quote

| December 20, 2011

The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it provides protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axeman who destroys it. Guatama Buddha, circa 525 B.C.

Tree Climbers, Memory and Videotape: A Clip

| December 6, 2011

Here’s about five and half minutes of raw footage from A Life’s Work. I shared this footage in an earlier post (Process: What I’m Thinking When I’m Shooting). I want to share it again for a different reason. I really enjoyed filming the climbers. They were smart, athletic, down to earth, and funny. They seemed […]

What’s Your 2nd Favorite Tree? The Ginkgo

| November 21, 2011

You discover many fascinating things here on the A Life’s Work blog, like what’s the filmmaker’s favorite tree. And today?  What’s the filmmaker’s second favorite tree. … ginkgo [or maidenhair tree], often seen in big-city streets, as it has a constitution to survive the dangers there: polluted air, desert aridity of pavements, salt used to […]

Rashomon and A Life’s Work

| October 14, 2011

The other night I went to see Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon at the Brooklyn Public Library. I’ve seen this film quite a few times, and a few years ago, while preparing for the Redwoods shoot, I watched the Woodsman’s trek sequence over and over. You can see it here, 7:20 into the clip. It lasts almost […]

Stills for the New Presskit

| September 20, 2011

Oh, the joys of D.I.Y. filmmaking. I’m putting together a new press kit. In addition to stills of each subject pulled from the interviews, I’m going to include four or five of these at the bottom of each page. Which are your favorites?

Bristlecone Pine Trees: The Polaroids

| August 23, 2011

Last year around this time I was in the White Mountains of California shooting Bristlecone Pine trees. Along with my video gear, I lugged my Polaroid SX-70 and took these. As you may be aware, Polaroid went bankrupt and so they stopped producing film, but an organization called the Impossible Project has taken up the […]

The Meaning of Life

| August 12, 2011

My good friend Jane Waggoner Deschner shared these quotes with me. The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~ Nelson Henderson When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. ~ Vietnamese proverb I was trying to figure out which one […]

Welcome to the Terrific Twos

| June 28, 2011

Last week, the A Life’s Work blog turned two years old. That sounds pretty insignificant, and in the scheme of things, it is, but to me it’s kind of staggering. I track, list, and calculate many things, as you’ll see if you continue reading, but one thing I don’t dare track, list, or calculate is […]

A Proverb about Trees

| May 10, 2011

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek proverb Thanks to the awesome Kate Hill Cantrill for sending it my way. And here’s an in-depth article on the value of urban trees: What Is a Tree Worth? by Bill Jonnes. Thanks to awesome […]

What’s Up?

| March 22, 2011

What is it that makes us look up? We look up at trees, at buildings, to the sky to see clouds, stars, planets. If we are inside and we’ve been asked a question, many of us look to where the wall meets the ceiling, as if there’s a clue there, before we articulate our answer. […]