What comes to our mind when we think about the term “oak” it an organic mix of botanical and evocative fascination. Oak as a specific tree, with a peculiar shape and size; oak as an ecosystem of thousands of small plants and animals growing and living on it; oak as a strong symbolic being linked to strength and supernatural powers. The Blekinge region of Sweden collects a small number of centenary oak trees, the few survivors of a larger forest disappeared in the past centuries due to a planned deforestation. Nowadays they’re kept under protection and respected by the inhabitants of the region.
Photographs and design by Francesco Paleari.