William Guion has photographed the landscape and live oak trees of Louisiana for more than thirty years. His black-and-white and painted images, that he describes as “oak portraits,” portray the trees elegantly, revealing the majestic and mystical qualities of this famous icon of Louisiana culture and history.
Not since the landscape paintings of early 20th century Louisiana artists A.J. Drysdale and William Henry Buck has a Southern artist focused on a long-term study of Louisiana’s live oaks, until now.
In 2006, moved by the loss of many of the oldest oaks in Louisiana from hurricanes and urban development, Guion focused his efforts on locating and documenting Louisiana’s oldest and historic oaks before they and the human stories connected with them are lost forever. Much of this work is contained in his blog, The 100 Oaks Project. In 2016, based on this work, he received a major grant from the Lafourche Parish Office of Tourism to create the Bayou Lafourche Historic Live Oak Tour. He can be contacted for image commissions and speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guion’s photographs are widely collected and are contained in a variety of corporate and private collections across the U.S. as well as the permanent collections of the Louisiana Folklife Museum and the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. This is his fifth book.