Lonely Trees in South Korea: Myoung Ho Lee

South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee documents both the beauty of his homeland’s natural landscape while also meditating on the Korean relationship with nature in his series Tree. For each image, Lee selects trees native to Korea and through using a large piece of fabric as a backdrop before perfectly framing the tree behind his lens.

Writer Lyra Kilston mused that Lee’s images can be read as a Chinese ink painting, with white silkscreen illuminating the trees, reminiscent of a single character.

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#2, 2012 © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#2, 2012
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #2, 2006 © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #2, 2006
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #3, 2006 © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #3, 2006
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#3, 2012 © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#3, 2012
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #9, 2006 © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #9, 2006
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#6, 2013 © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#6, 2013
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#4, 2013 © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#4, 2013
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York