Am waldes rand (Forests edge) by Heidi Romano

Issue 25

Initially these images were part of a five-year investigation into the forests of the world. But over time they made me look differently, because behind their great complexity and careful composition, lies a secret.

Photographically I have always been interested in time and how we perceive change. These images illustrate the change of light, the changing direction of the wind and the force of the weather. We see a forest and imagine adventures - dream of discoveries, secret paths, laughter, or playing hide and seek.

Yet sometimes a small piece of information dramatically influences the way we perceive, the way we look.

When I took these images I had no intention of documenting a crime scene, but when I unintentionally did, the forest transformed into a dark, mysterious place that spoke of hiding under rocks and escaping the country, of police searches, sirens and helicopters.

In its silence I thought of loss, heartbreak, and the crime committed by a friend - father of a little girl and partner to my best friend.

Heidi Romano is a Melbourne, Australia based artist.
To view more of Heidi's work, please visit her website

  Recounting an Experience 

Recounting an Experience 

  Confession 

Confession 

  From Nowhere 

From Nowhere 

  Alchemy of Desire 

Alchemy of Desire 

  Left Its Black Mark 

Left Its Black Mark 

  Wept with Emptiness 

Wept with Emptiness 

  This Day of Days 

This Day of Days 

  Nothing Erases the Immoral Act 

Nothing Erases the Immoral Act 

  Verge of Sleep 

Verge of Sleep 

  Desperate Cry of a Bird 

Desperate Cry of a Bird 

  Dark Woods 

Dark Woods 

  Slowly Going Heavy 

Slowly Going Heavy 

  White Darkness 

White Darkness 

  Cold Palms 

Cold Palms 

  Trust Dissolves 

Trust Dissolves 

  Long Pause 

Long Pause 

  Transparent Mourning 

Transparent Mourning 

  Abandonment 

Abandonment 

  Expanded All of My Energy 

Expanded All of My Energy 

  A Few Weeks Later 

A Few Weeks Later