From October 11 through November 9, BCB Art presents Shin Creek, photographs by Benjamin Swett.
“A few years ago I began taking my camera back into a grove of hemlocks along the stream,” the artist writes. “I have always liked how these trees—many of them extremely old—have made places for themselves among the rocks. They have a strong urge to live and over the years have taken on fantastic forms in their efforts to do so. I know that in a few more years climate change and the advance of the wooly adelgid, an insect that destroys hemlocks, will render their efforts futile and turn the stream and the woods along it into something unrecognizable. But for now they seem as they always have.”
Benjamin Swett is a New York-based writer and photographer with a particular interest in combining photographs with text. His books include New York City of Trees (2013), The Hudson Valley: A Cultural Guide (2009), Route 22 (2007), and Great Trees of New York City: A Guide (2000). He has received grants and fellowships from Furthermore, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and was a writer and photographer for the New York City Parks Department for thirteen years before leaving in 2001 to pursue photography full-time. At BCB Art, 116 Warren Street.