In the "Ghost-Olive" series, Ori Gersht's photographs simultaneously explore the symbolic power and vulnerability of the ancient olive trees of Israel, which have been invested with political and cultural significance. The artist intentionally overexposed his photographs in the bright light of the midday sun, bleaching the film and fading the images of the sturdy trees. The resulting forms appear both ghostly and delicate, almost dissolving before our eyes. Gersht transforms these ancient and weathered symbols of strength into images of fragile beauty.
Ori Gersht (born 1967) lives in London
"Ghost-Olive 1", 2003 (Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum)
Courtesy Greg. S. Feldman, New York