"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."
Our forests enable us to breathe; they remove CO2 from the atmosphere and absorb it for photosynthesis, which in turn releases oxygen back into the air we breathe. It is a delicate eco system that we are systematically destroying. Findings from a decade-long research project, published on the 14 July in the journal Nature, suggests that deforestation and fire have dramatically undercut the Amazon's ability to absorb heat-trapping carbon emissions from the atmosphere, and portions of the Amazon rainforest are now releasing more carbon dioxide than they absorb.
Breathe was shot in the early Spring of 2021, when the new growth on the deciduous trees appeared to almost glow in the hard morning light. The slow pace of shooting film, together being in the company of these majestic trees allowed me to breathe, not just physically, but spiritually too.
(The quote is from William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18)