This project consists in a personal approach of naturally-shaped trees that have a close connection with the traditional Japanese ink-painting (sumi-e). This painting has always been an important source of inspiration and has strongly influenced my photography about lakes and coastlines minimalist sceneries since 1995. This â€˜Calligraphy Treesâ€™ series started in Japan many years ago on the routes of Buddhist pilgrimages where I regularly spend time for my ongoing project about the sacred statuary in holy mountains. I deeply feel that these Japanese trees have a spiritual presence in the landscapes whether or not they are connected to temples. They pertain to contemplative sceneries that have inspired generations of philosophers, painters and artists over time.