Weston Woods in particular have been the subject of great debate in recent years, centred on the Iron Age Hillfort. The central question being whether the area should be returned to its Iron Age treeless state, or whether the now-ancient woodland (which will be 200 years old in 2023) should also be considered for preservation. Wolfe-Warman demonstrates in his work the quiet harmony between the man made and the natural, suggesting perhaps that the two can sit alongside and within each other without too drastic an intervention.
The project was conceived and started prior to Covid-19, but its timing coincides with a shift in how many of us feel about our green and natural spaces. In The Woods, Wolfe-Warman acts as our guide showing us the woodland he loves.
On a deeper level The Woods is about the interdependence of all phenomena which is a Buddhist teaching that states every phenomenon conditions the existence of every other phenomenon and vice versa. Accordingly, nothing exists by itself. This is expressed through the fluid weaving of Wolfe-Warman’s photographs with words by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. When we know this teaching to be true and crucial to our existence, we will look after each other and our planet in a more responsible and compassionate way.
Wolfe-Warman’s credits an experience in a Thai monastery in 2005, with planting the seed needed to leave behind years of drug addiction. He has been well for over fourteen years and maintains his health by meditating, walking in nature, eating well, exercising, helping others and working on long term photo projects.
Following a photography career based in Bristol and abroad across the US, Europe and Asia Wolfe-Warman’s work focuses on his personal connection to place to tell wider stories about the natural world and built environment and our interaction with both. His work has been exhibited twice in Landscape Photographer of the Year, first when he was shortlisted in 2008 and again in 2018 when he won Urban Landscape Photographer of The Year. He was part of The Marshwood Arts Awards group exhibition in 2017 and has had solo shows in Bristol 1995, Bath 1996, Seattle 1998 and Granada 2006. His work has been published in The Times and Professional Photographer magazine, his clients have included Greenpeace/South East Asia, the Welsh National Opera and Bristol International Festival.
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Self published 2022
47 photographs across 92 pages
Text by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Designed by Jotte Studio
Very beautiful images and design.
Phil Borges Photographer, Film Maker and Author.
Rastafari Elder Iman Issachar.
Dominic Ridge, Photographer.
Lovely book with a deeper meaning. I found this book inviting me into a peaceful way of living in a world that seems so chaotic at the moment. Nature has its way of calming the soul and this book with its beautiful photos shows how close to home we can find this inner peace.
Mark Stanton, Therapist and Photographer.