French photographer and horticulturalist Cedric Pollet travels the plant looking for beautiful tree bark to photograph. In his introduction to Bark: An Intimate Look At The World’s Trees, Pollet notes:
“After spending a lot of time visiting gardens in search of what I hoped would be my ideal subject, I realized one day that flowers really didn’t do much for me. But I couldn’t leave without some kind of a souvenir. On my way out of that garden, the gnarled trunk of a centuries-old oak tree caught my attention and opened my eyes to a hitherto unknown domain: the world of bark.”
It’s pretty much neglected because at first sight it holds little interest for us. You can count books about bark on the fingers of one hand. It is, in fact, present in many forms in our daily lives (cinnamon, cork, rubber, incense, medicines, chewing gums, fibres, pigments and so on), but this only serves to make it seem ordinary. … To whet people’s enthusiasm, I thought it was important to find ways to surprise and move them, by treating bark in a completely new way, at once aesthetic and playful.