Professional Photographer Photographs Same Tree Every Day for One Full Year – With An iPhone

petalpixel picked up this story of Mark Hirsch, a 52 year old photojournalist who one day, decided to photograph a tree, close to his home everyday for one year. It started by accident, he had purchased a new iPhone and took a shot of the tree one evening drenched in beautiful light. From March 23, 2012 Mark continued to photograph the tree and has named his project ‘That Tree”.

We have published some of the images below, but you can see, how time went on how close Mark became to that tree, he started to get an initimate feel for the light, seasons, macro world and so much more. Take a look at these images and to read more about Mark and ‘That Tree’, please go here.

Mark Hirsch



Mark Hirsch is an editorial and corporate photographer who is located in the unlikely location of Dubuque, Iowa. Hirsch spent twenty years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor and visuals editor until ultimately embarking on a freelance career in 2006. His clients include Getty Images, The New York Times, John Deere Corporation and many regional companies. Mark and his wife, Denee, live one mile from That Tree with their two children, Cassandra and Tristan, and a shaggy but lovable dog, Magnum. When not lying in a sea of cold trying to capture photographs of That Tree, Mark spends his time mountain biking, hiking, climbing, or trying just about anything that might land him in a body cast. His equally reckless twin brother Jon will likely attest to that.

A little over one year ago, Mark purchased his first iPhone. At the time, Mark, like many professional photographers, scoffed at the notion that the camera inside the iPhone would interest him in any way. He was goaded by a friend into trying the camera. The first picture he took with his new iPhone was a photo of That Tree. He was instantly hooked! Mark had driven past and admired That Tree every day for nineteen years without ever taking a picture of it. Now for an entire year, there hasn’t been one day where Mark hasn’t taken a picture of that Tree. The year-long project was completed on March 23, 2013. That Tree, the fitting title of a full-color hardcover book, will soon be published by Press Syndication Group (PSG) and released later this year. Mark is scheduling exhibition of his photos of That Tree in galleries, and his story has been featured by many worldwide media organizations including NBC News, The Daily Mail (UK), The Des Moines Register, and The Sierra Club.


DAY 1 : MARCH 24


DAY 50 : MAY 12


DAY 117 : JULY 18


DAY 209 : OCTOBER 18




DAY 294 : JANUARY 11




DAY 359 : MARCH 17


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at:


  • Carlos

    Great story…I know a tree like that…a very old oak tree. Take a commitment to do it for a whole year. Kudos to Mark.

  • Colleen Gutschenritter

    I really enjoyed this article …what a great idea and what a cool thing to do for such a stately tree.