Cedrus deodara or simply Deodar is a native Himalayan tree considered to be ‘a divine tree’ by the local cultures. I can’t think of a better way to describe the grace and presence that this tree imposes on you. I vividly remember the first time I witnessed this gigantic mammoth of a tree back in 2017 in a high-altitude mountain town of Manali, India. And so it began- my endless romanticism for these evergreen trees, most of which stand for over 500 years on an average and that too 50 meters high.
Can you imagine the transformations each of these trees have witnessed? Simply unfathomable. Civilizations have come and gone while these giants stood. A lifeline to the people living high in the mountains - in the form of firewood for winters and providing shade for hot summer afternoons.
This project is my humble ode to the Deodars where I spent over a year in the Himalayas and tried to capture this magnificent beauty in all its glory. Every season and each time of the day adds a different viewpoint and significance.
It is not simply a tree but a phenomenon.