Someone asked me not too long ago why I always take photos of the bottom of trees. I thought to myself DUH!! as if it really only made sense to do it that way and it was completely obvious, and then I chilled my defensive self out and asked myself the same question.
So, here is what I came up with.
- I don't only photograph bottoms.
- Maybe I am a wee bit defensive.
- The bottoms are what I see and what I look at. I don't spend much time at all looking up. Maybe I should book the shrink to think about that one. Sounds like I am either depressed or focusing forward on a goal. Hopefully not depressed.
- Aren't my photos, or isn't my job as an artist, to share my personal interpretation or experience with an audience? I experience the bottoms, not the tops. This sounds a lot like number 3.
- Oooops, back peddling into defensive.
- I really think that the trunks of trees are more expressive and I like their simplicity.
- It's kind of thickly wooded where I choose to shoot and most of the time I can't get much more distance from the subject without another tree(s) blocking the view.
- IT'S THE ONLY WAY WHICH MAKES SENSE. DUH.
I also think the real sub conscious answer to this question might have some thing to do with looking up. Recall: Before the summer I thought I might make a whole series of photos which are all based on looking up. I whipped out my cameras and Noooooooope. Couldn't do it. I could not wrap my stressed out head around looking up. Even when I was lying flat on my back outside I just couldn't think creatively and look up. Kind of crazy huh?
Wow, thanks for so much for reading this far. I feel like you deserve a gift. Here is a low quality (there are people out there who would steal an image off of the internet you know...) snap shot of the computer screen I made while editing a diptych of two trees I photographed a couple of weeks ago.