The Bonsai Project is a collaboration between documentary photographers Sjoerd Knibbeler &
Rob Wetzer. They started the project in 2009 out of fascination for the experience of nature and the cultivation of our natural environment. Bonsai, as you probably know, are man-made trees cultivated in pots. This practice is more than two thousand years old and originated in China. Since then, it developed into an art form and has spread over the world. Many enthusiasts all over the world make and keep bonsai. Really understanding bonsai involves closely observing one’s natural environment and using it as inspiration. As photographers we are fascinated by the condensed experience of nature these magical trees offer us. We like to think that bonsai is the most unnatural nature that exists But behind that beauty, we are looking for a deeper understanding of what cultivating nature can offer us: a sense of time, respect, reflection and care for things around us. On a very small scale, this happens within the bonsai culture. But it happens in many different ways, everywhere in the world.


2012 Re:Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL (g)

2011 LhGWR, The Hague, NL (g)
2011 European Bonsai Convention, Ratingen, D (g)
2011 Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL (g)
2011 LhGWR, The Hague, NL (s)
2010 DutchDoc!Space, New York Photo Festival, USA (g)
2009 Lishui International Photo Festival, China (g)

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