The Passion Of Trees
Lens Magazine|August 2020
The snow no longer cloaks our mountains in white.
ALI SHOKRI

I know I can’t save our trees with my photographs, I can’t restore Nature to her imperious verdure, yet I try to capture the lonesomeness and exile of the trees and encourage the viewers to look at Nature with a different gaze, to remember that in the absence of trees, the birds are homeless, and there’s no air to breathe, to remember that if there are no trees, humanity has already vanished…

Our rivers have emaciated. Our wells are getting deeper and deeper, and our valleys are short of breath. The red deer do not give birth, and our leopards jump to their death from the rocks of the Mount Kiamaki. Every day the papers speak of the escalation of the greenhouse gases, the depletion of the ozone layer, and the El Nino phenomenon, while the nighttime TV is filled with news of global warming, drought, and climate change.

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