Where once stood a sentinel remains the foundation of a story long since told. A story with deep roots—of a character weathered and worn, broken down, but never uprooted. A story of enduring resilience and strength. A stoic and stolid reminder that in the end to stay—to stand—is all a stump can do.
Derek Bisbing sees the forest for the stumps. In his wanderings, the Canmore-based photographer, mountain biker, adventurer has taken the time to record and contemplate the legacy of these once-mighty remnants. From the coastal rainforests of British Columbia to the Alberta Rockies, Bisbing seeks to reanimate the fallen for the Exposure Photography Festival. His personal twist on portrait photography illuminates the soul behind the wrinkled and ruined faces of fallen giants, raising stumps from obscurity.
The enduring foothold of a space and time gone by, they are…
… All That Remains
STUMP ZERO / WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
This series started on a logging road above Roberts Creek on the sunshine coast of BC
I spotted something intersting on the side of the road as we climbed out bikes up to the mountain bike trails. Stump Zero!
Started captuing about 5 years ago and the series now has a catalogue of over 666 stumps captured across Alberta, British Colimbia, Ontario, London England and Japan. Stumps have been photographed with whatever camera I have with me at the time, from a mobile phone, digital camera to 70 year old film cameras.