Through the Trees was born from a series of trips Mitchell Bright took to the outskirts of rural parts of the South Island, mostly in an effort to escape the confines of the city. While Bright explored these areas, he became fascinated by places on the way to the picturesque landscape; places that are perhaps only viewed as land, not landscape. Focusing his attention on remnants of human actions woven amongst nature, the resulting body of work is a reflection of contemporary values and our respect for the environment.
Through the Trees was undertaken during Mitchell Bright’s BFA(Hons) year within the photography studio, Ilam School of Fine Arts. 2016.
Mitchell Bright is a photographer living in Canterbury, New Zealand. Born in 1994, he recently completed his MFA at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.
Growing up he spent his time in Selwyn and the West Coast of the South Island. He addresses these areas in his work, frequently exploring them and documenting his findings, with a particular interest in the ways in which individuals and society view and interact with the landscape.
Bright’s practice delves into areas of fine art and documentary photography. Exhibiting in print form, which can be found in private collections around New Zealand, and also in engaging with photo-books as a medium of display and as record.