Tom Persinger

This series of photographs, “Tangled”, offers a chance to encounter our own complicated relationships with the forest. The pictures’ tangled and entwined compositions mirror our complicated sensibilities while their muted gray tones and lack of unique identifiers suggest a subtle universality. The images look to provide a transformative and contemplative viewing experience.

Forests have long offered the possibility of transformation and redemption to those willing to encounter their mysteries and perils. Dante began his journey and meets his guide Virgil in a forest. As they were in fairy tales and legends, true forests are located at the edges and margins of cities and towns. Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, but always retreated to Sherwood Forest. Gilgamesh travelled to the Cedar Forest and defeated Humbaba, the monster guardian. Hansel and Gretel lived at the edge of a great forest. When they learned of their evil step mother’s plan, they retreated into the forest where they unfortunately encountered a cannibal witch. Snow White wandered the forest for days before finding refuge with seven dwarves. Dwarves, elves, gnomes, and fairies have lived under the dark, sun-blocking forest canopies for hundreds of years. While these fantastical creatures were born in the forest, others migrated there to live simply and deliberately.

Tom Persinger is an artist, photographer, writer, and the founder of F295. F295 is an international organization that believes in the value of a heterogeneous photographic approach, in which contemporary, historic, and self-made methods are employed and combined in the creation of a new “21st Century Photography.” He organizes the F295 symposium and seminar series to promote the exploration 21st Century Photography. Persinger’s photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions and are in many private collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has been published in Photographic Possibilities (3rd Edition), Light and Lens (2nd edition), Afterimage, Ag, Black and White Photography (UK), PhotoEd, and View Camera. He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities, has lead many workshops, is a member of Freestyle Photographic’s Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.