While recovering from a serious car accident in 2012, Mark Hirsch was inspired by a friend to use his iPhone to document a year-long photo-a-day project focusing on an old bur oak tree.
Hirsch, a career photojournalist as well as an artist and naturalist, embraced the challenge, resulting in a transformative experience of healing and self-discovery.
The project ultimately went viral, garnering international attention from broadcasters, magazines, newspapers, and online outlets around the world including CBS (“Sunday Morning”), NBC, NPR, PBS, the Sierra Club, Chicago Tribune, the Daily Mail (UK), the Guardian (UK), LeMonde, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Huffington Post. The photos are the subject of the current exhibit and his coffee table book, “That Tree”.
Hirsch spent 20 years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor, and visuals editor before embarking on a freelance career in 2006 as an editorial, corporate, and landscape photographer. His clients include Getty Images, the New York Times, and the John Deere Corporation. He lives in Platteville, Wisconsin and works out of Dubuque, Iowa.