Between the Trees, 2014 What is a forest? Is it the trees or the space that exists between them? ‘A forest is what exists between its trees, between its dense undergrowth and its clearings, between all its life cycles and their different time-scales…A forest is a meeting place between those who enter it and something unnameable and attendant… Something intangible and within touching distance. Neither silent nor audible.* These images explore the nature and meaning of ‘Forest’ by considering the physical experience of standing alone inside the woods; the eerie and captivating sensation that time has slowed down and that the forest and everything within it exists in a different state. Somehow set apart from our usual perception of linear time the wind drops, the air cools, all is quiet and still and the forest draws in. To enter this other place is to accept a slowing of time and a shift in perception. The swirling, hanging and drifting smoke allows us to observe time moving at an almost imperceptible pace, and to focus on the interior space that is very much part of ‘the forest’, guiding the eye away from the trees and allowing it to linger on this ‘betweenness’. Suspended and still, the smoke fills the spaces between the trees reflecting this physical experience: the palpable and brooding cognisance of the forest, the muffled and flattened sound, the prickling sense of heightened awareness. The mist fills the gaps to show the spaces between, as if we can slip through and escape time itself.
BIOGRAPHY Ellie Davies (Born 1976) lives in London and works in the woods and forests of the UK. Her gained her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008. Recent group exhibitions include The Open West 2014 at The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham, Forest Stories in The Russian Museum Summer Gardens in St. Petersburg, Inside Out at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, The Arles 2013 Photo Festival in France, The Noorderlicht 2013 Photofestival in The Netherlands, and the 2012 Singapore International Photo Festival, with touring exhibitions in 2013. In late 2012 the Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape Exhibition toured the USA including Gordon Parks Gallery, St Paul, Minneapolis, and Newspace Centre for Photography, Portland, Oregon. Davies's six recent solo shows included Into the Woods at The Richard Young Gallery, London, Come with Me – New Landscape by Ellie Davies at The Print House Gallery in London, Smoke and Mirrors: Solo Exhibition at 10GS London, and Ellie Davies Solo Exhibition at Bruce Collections, Kiev in Ukraine. Her work is currently on display at The Wilson, Cheltenam, UK as part of The Open West 2014, and is soon to be showing at PH21 Gallery in Budapest. She has recently been interviewed for F-Stop, Mull It Over, Urbanautica Photo Stories, Two Way Lens, Fraction Magazine, and It’s Nice That. She has been featured in Interior Design USA, Fraction Magazine’s 50th Issue, Cercle Magazine-France, Fuzion Magazine, Photo+ Magazine-South Korea, Conscientious, Silvershotz, Lens Culture, Art Ukraine, Mull It Over, Entitle Magazine, Urbanautica, F-Stop Magazine, Le Monde Magazine , and The London Independent Photography Selected Artist Showcase. Recent books include WUD: Four Fictional Walks in the Woods, a limited-edition hardcover Photobook published by Tangerine Press in December 2012. Also, Open To Interpretation: Intimate Landscapes – Published October 2012, and Behind the Image By Natasha Caruana and Anna Fox, 2012. Davies was selected as a finalist in the 2013 London International Creative Competition and was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Professional Women Photographers International Juried Exhibition 2012, and an Honourable Mention by the jurors of Inside Out 2014 at PH21 Budapest. She was also selected for the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010, and received 1st Place in the Fine Art Landscape category of the 2010 PX3 Paris Photo Prize, The Exeter Phoenix 2010 Audience Choice Award, ArtSlant Showcase Juried Winner in 2010 and 2011, and Commended in the LPA Landscape Awards 2010. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, the US, Central and Eastern Europe, South Korea, Russia and The United Arab Emirates. WUD: Four Fictional Walks in the Woods has been added to the collections of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Library Project Bookshop, Dublin, The Glasgow School of Art Library, and is stocked in Foyles London.