Through his lens, Rantoul is taking notes, visual documents of the cities and spaces he encounters on his every journey. They are never just straightforward photographs, rather a grouping or 'series' of photographs are created to document the place. Often times you need to see the full portfolio of images to figure out just how Rantoul wanted you to see what he saw. Sequence also plays a great deal in his process. You would never understand that by viewing just one photograph.
The images in this portfolio, which he refers to as: Trees, An Italian Series, were shot in Italy in the fall of 2009 during a sabbatical from his teachings at Northeastern University. This region in Italy was not new to Rantoul. He often made pilgrimages to this area in the 1990's while teaching summer workshops in Venice.
Rantoul states, "On my way from Venice to Trieste, I drove through this flat agricultural area and became intrigued by these grouping of trees. Over the course of a few weeks I returned again and again to this area to photograph. During some of my first trips to this region, I worked in color, but decided that by printing them using a black and white duotone process (the process of introducing a warmer color into the black & white tones) rendered their beauty best."