ANCIENT AND VETERAN TREES

by

 PETER THURING

Dutch born Peter Thuring studied photography and film at the Art Acadamie St Joost in Breda, Holland, before establishing his own photographic studio in London, and working in Paris and Brussels.

After a period spent in the remote West of Scotland to pursue his interest in woodwork, Peter moved South to continue his career at West Dean College, West Sussex, where he taught antique furniture restoration part-time. In 1978 he started his own company, specialising in the conservation and restoration of period furniture, picture frames, pier glasses, carved and decorated objects and architectural gilding. Peter’s work has included many important objects for The National Trust; for the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle; and for institutions and private collections worldwide.

However, Peter never stopped taking photographs. This series of photographs of trees was taken in Petworth Park to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of great gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The trees, classified as ‘ancient’ or ‘veteran’, range from 250 to almost 1,000 years old, and stand proudly, punctuating Brown’s landscape.

Peter has been inspired by the creative spirit of Brown and has captured the trees grandeur in large scale black and white photographs. Using a 10 x 8 plate camera, he has produced a superb quality of definition and wonderful nuances in light and detail. Each image is available in an edition of 25 and is signed on the back.

Currently Peter is working on a book and exhibition of photographs of the Grinling Gibbons carvings in Petworth House.

The exhibition runs until 24th November 2018.  Prices for photographic prints range from £750 to £950 (unframed). Framed options also available.

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