Since the beginning of human history, the forest has occupied a unique place in our collective imagination. Countless histories and myths involve humankind venturing beyond the structured limits of civilization into the chaotic labyrinth of the woods. Brooklyn-based photographer Anna Beeke tried to get lost in this wooded world herself, hoping to find adventure, transcendence and the unknown.
While she is not totally out of the woods yet, she returned after one year of arboreal outings with Sylvania – a composite ‘forest-land’ of photographs comprising scenes from various American woodlands. Through images of both real and depicted nature, the series Sylvania explores both the fanciful and the real-world magic of the forest, and its metaphoric and physical presence today.