BIG AS LIFE
Trees are poems the earth writes on the landscape, the cityscape, and the sky.
They have been one of Lombana´s original inspirations since he was a young boy. He started by planting them with his father. Later on, he photographed them all over the world. In England, Japan, France, Holland, the United States, and from the mangrove swamps on the Colombian pacific coast, passing through the andes mountains tops to the amazon jungle and other places.
The world is Lombana´s studio, and one of his favorite places in this studio is under a tree. Besides the esthetic and energetic rush that travels throughout his veins when he photograph one is the existential realization when he have encountered sequoias that were alive during the roman empire.
To plant a tree is a great satisfaction, knowing that he probably won’t be around when it grows up, so he can photograph it with his fish eye lens.
The cherry blossom and its brief blossoming have symbolic meaning for buddhists. It is associated with temporality and the transient nature of beauty and life, but also with the cycle of transformation of life, which is why it is also associated with rebirth.
Trees are not only beautiful but are necessary for the survival of humans. This collection of photographs is Lombana´s homage to the trees. They taught him about life. The value of the roots. The capacity to change by observing the color and the aroma of their leaves. The character of their presence.