The stunning art sculptures of wooden burls by artist John Willis were very inspiring to photograph. The burls are a natural formation on gum trees - they are in essence an oversized knot on the tree. The knot is formed as a defence against viruses and parasites. The grains on the burls under the craftsmanship and care of the artist allows the beauty of the tree to live on. He seeks, then stores and cures the burls for years before he creates the art pieces you see in the photographs.
The artist carves and polishes each burl, and each has its own story to tell. Every piece is completely unique in its form, shape and grain. The artist sources them from all over Australia. To photograph the burls took careful consideration in the product studio. Some were perfectly smooth, egg shaped bowls. Others offered an almost ancient quality of texture and shape. Each Burl needed to be positioned and photographed to highlight the shape, polish and grain.
The post production and pure white background for these images showcases them to their fullest potential. The sculptural quality, the natural beauty of the tree preserved and respected by the artist. We were very honoured to be given the task of capturing that artistry.