Adrian Lewis – “I consist of chemical elements that were created within stars and hence here, within a star, are my roots. And when, in the far future, the Sun swells and engulfs the inner planets, including the Earth, the chemical elements that constituted me will be within a star once more. So, my roots – and my destiny too. The photo shows a total eclipse of the Sun in Kenya, I think in 1980. The Moon is totally obscuring the Sun’s face, but the Sun’s glowing atmosphere is seen around the Moon’s dark disc.” Visit Adrian’s blog here.
Ashley Lily Scarlett – This one was difficult for me. I kept looking at various roots and felt no resonance, telling myself it was because of having been up-rooted when I was 14 in 1974 and unwillingly whisked away from England to Australia. I didn’t transplant very well. I’m not a very grounded person either. Finally I decided I needed to find a Moreton Bay Fig tree and suddenly there was one close to my new home. They are remarkable for their roots, these trees: there are the aerial ones hanging down as in my image but also huge buttress ones. It’s the aerial ones that I relate to. And I think if I think for longer I would find some roots inside me that don’t involve plant life nor geography. Visit Ashley’s blog here.
Benoît Beaudry – I didn’t succeed finding my roots, but I took a picture while searching for them! Métis-sur-Mer, Québec, Canada. Visit Benoît’s blog here.
Biswajit Dihidar – Taken in my hometown, Gossaigaon, India. Visit Biswajit’s blog here.
Gustav Rappestad – A dead tree with old and dry roots in the S:t Anna archipelago of Östergötland, Sweden. It is in these surroundings that I’ve spent all my summers since I was a child. Visit Gustavs blog here.
Harrie Nijland – May 2013; near my place of birth: Deventer. I was visiting the place where my grandparents farm used to be. When I was eight years old I biked the 8 km. from our house to the farm almost every weekend. I loved the land; the nature; the animals; my grandparents and the freedom out there. The shot shows ‘De Belt’; a small piece of nature where we played a lot. I chose this shot for the assignment because the roots for my love for nature must have started to grow right here. So, all the nature-shots on my blog are somehow connected with this place. The farm; the stables and the sheds are all taken down because of urban expansion. Only the trees and fields felt familiar. Visit Harrie’s blog here.
Jörg Kruth – I took this image about 20 years ago, when I was walking down this road together with a friend. Place: Ellenbogen, Sylt, Germany. Visit Jörg’s blog here.
Mathias Laitila Kälvemark – Stockholm, Sweden. Visit Mathias blog here.
Terje Hellesø – This is an analogue image from 1999. My family on my fathers side comes from a little island named Hellesøy, 90 kilometers outside Bergen in western Norway (this can be seen in my last name). I was walking among the cliffs when I saw this little tussock of grass growing in a crevice. With both a sepiafilter and a foggy filter on the lens it looked more like the contours of a man. The image even has the title “The Man”, and in some ways symbolizes myself. Myself as a part of the cliffs on my ancestors island. This is my roots. Visit Terjes blog here.
I would like to thank you all for your contributions. It’s both fascinating and wonderful to see everyone’s images/interpretations on the subject. I hope you all would like to partake in the next assignment. You can see the last assignments here and here.