Peter Lik – Tree of Life
It’s difficult to summarize something as iconic as this tree. My first time standing in front of this tree made famous (as far as I can tell) by Peter Lik was a curious one. The Japanese garden that houses this tree in Oregon is beyond words in it’s own right, but I didn’t manage to find this tree upon first visit. The beautiful and intricate intertwining nature of the trunk and branches of “The Tree of Life” are all but obscured by it’s incredible umbrella like leaves. The canopy does such a good job of hiding it’s structure, that without the usual copious amounts of photographers jousting for a position to photograph Peter Lik’s Tree, you find yourself walking past it unknowingly.
Over the years I have had the great fortune of getting to return here numerous times to photograph this famous tree.
Experiences with Peter Lik Prints
A number of years ago I took a trip to Vegas for a friends birthday party. We spent a lot of time walking around the hotel in order to get from once place to another, and along the way we came across a Peter Lik gallery situated in the hotel. Being that I was a photographer, I was immediately captivated by the large format prints displayed all across the gallery, easily viewable from the outside of the store. The friends that I were with seemed to be equally intrigued by the incredible art, so we took a full tour. We attended one of the closed door presentations in which the room was blacked out, and the only light source was pointed directly on a singular piece of art. As they controlled the lighting, the print appeared to glow and emit it’s own light, appearing as though the print was being lit from behind. It was obvious that the time Peter Lik spent curating his printing process had paid off, and manage to take the art to the next level.
After my experience at the Peter Lik gallery, I immediately knew what direction I wanted to take my own photography – I wanted to produce the highest quality prints possible of my own work.
I spent a few years searching for a printer that could produce large format photographic prints with incredible detail, and also hoping to recreate the incredible lighting effects I saw in that Peter Lik gallery that gave the art a 3d quality. Numerous printers later, I finally came across a partnership with a printer that could supply me with all of the quality requests I had.
Quality and Price
While I believe that you get what you pay for when it comes to art, I also don’t believe you need to spend many thousand of dollars to get an incredible piece. My personal mission with this site is to sell prints that rival the highest of quality photographic prints, using the highest quality materials, but to still sell them at an affordable cost.