28 January 2019
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.
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One of the most intimate of human experiences is our intersection with nature, with the planet and its generosity to give life. In this confluence between human nature and nature, we truly are one.
The forest, the cultivated garden each covets their own secrets. Some are revealed upon inspection; some never to be seen by humanity’s intervention. But the noticed can and does incite a verbal and silent dance that inspires our curiosity with nature. Even the misshapen begs for attention. Inner monologues become vocal dialogues.
Tree sleuthing had become a recent avocation. My mission is to capture winter’s minimalistic exhibition of those often overlooked parts of the overstory and understory: the tale of the tree with its immense contribution to our survival.
I’ve immersed in experimentation and the results are black-and-white photomontages that reflect the bare wonder of wintry landscapes. The season spreads its variable lows, icy and snowy conditions, still the bare tree is the sensation, showing artistic forms and shapes that are unseen much of the year. With climate change uncertainty looms cloud-like over how the season will reflect the past, the present and the future. Still, I find gratitude in each season, even winter that chills my bones.
The simplicity of Japanese aesthetic melts my sensibilities. Their simple eloquence inspires quiet consideration. My gardens are filled with rock and stone, and some of the arrangements have been influenced by Zen gardens. If you are inclined toward this kind horticulture or style, please read this article about these extraordinary gardens that are minimalistic within precise artistic elements. It’s titled “10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Japanese Zen Masters (by Michelle Slatall and published online 05 February 2018)” is worth the read.