THE GUARDIANS OF THE SWAMP MILLENIAL CYPRESSES LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES – 2015
cm 150 x 100 in 60 x 39,5
Crystal paper under acrylic
STORY BEHIND THE SHOT In a foggy early morning I took a kayak in a remote South Louisiana swamp and took this picture while the sun was back lighting the suspenseful scenario of these millennial cypresses. Many cypresses are hundred-year-old, some of them can be even dated back to 1.200 – 1.600 years ago. At a first glance they seem to have been cut at the very top of the end however there is no evidence of deforestation: the “bonsai” look is caused by past hurricanes. The millennial cypresses covered by moss emerge from the water like silent guardians of the swamp in which alligators, poisonous snakes and carps find shelter.