On view in The Gallery at Chochmat HaLev until April 10.
“Listen to the Trees” is an homage to the redwoods, oaks, bay laurels and other species I have encountered, inspired by regular walks through the East Bay hills. Scientific evidence revealing plant-to-plant communication reinforces my own spiritual feelings of connection to all that lives, including trees.
I made most of these photographs during hikes in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller and Redwood Regional Parks. Some are “straight” photographs; others are made with photo-stitching software. I hope to inspire viewers to experience trees in new and mind-opening ways, to help us draw closer to our arboreal and other non-human neighbors. The trees have much to teach us if only we stop and “listen” — with all our senses.
Tom Levy is a San Francisco native, and award-winning photojournalist and writer. Over the last decade, his photography has been influenced by his experiences with Earth-based Jewish spirituality. He lives with his wife and teenage son in Oakland. This is his first solo exhibit since 1999.