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Luke Hayes’ Poignant Imagery Of Mysteriously Dead Oak Trees

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The new personal project by London-based photographer Luke Hayes is titled ‘Dead Oaks’: a series of eerie landscapes engulfed by mist that feature a group of dead oak trees.

“No one really knows why this group of trees died”, explains Hayes. “It could be due to a stream of salt water from the nearby estuary”, he says, or perhaps something a little more morbid: parasitic organisms or what scientists refer to as ‘Sudden Oak Death’, a disease that infects oaks through their trunks. “Whatever the reason, they create an extraordinary landscape”, Hayes continues.

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All images © Luke Hayes