Shelley Jacobson – Sea Of Trees


Size: 150 x 210 mm
Pages: 28 pages
Type: Softcover, Sewn
Edition: Edition of 50
Designer: Shelley Jacobson
Publisher: Self-published
Year: 2011

SKU: RPB009 Category:


“Sea of Trees (2011) depicts the forest at the base of Mt Fuji, Aokigahara-jukai, focusing on the location’s status as a popular suicide landmark. In addition to the dominant reputation of the forest as a site of the horrific, the forest offers a unique ecological environment, as a forest that grew upon a volcanic plateau post-eruption. The forest is home to a number of nature trails.”

“Given the site’s horrific reputation there is the issue of spectacle in depicting it photographically. To address this I employed a system for making photographs, photographing every 100m; creating one set of images within the forest, one from the forest’s border looking outward at the bordering highway. The result is a series of dual works, in the form of vertically stacked diptychs.”

“The tiles of the works include fragments derived from web searches about the location, passing between Japanese and English using an auto translation tool.”

– Shelly Jacobson