I have found it helpful at any given moment to know who I am, not to speak of where I am.
Trees to me are the past, present and future all woven together in one place.
What is past is past.
We can look over our shoulders and catch glimpses of it.
We can carry memories ahead with us.
We take certain forks and branches based on decisions from back there… but it is still all behind us.
The future is up ahead, around that bend, out of sight… which ironically is what makes it both so exciting and at times terrifying.
Not knowing what is out there, waiting, what chance occurrences or tragedies awaits, occupies my mind and imagination way more than it should.
And then there is the present, where I find myself standing, the only time that really matters, in a sense, because it is the only time I really have.
The Language of Photography is very much about celebrating the present.
1000 year old Olive Tree
You cannot photograph the past (can you) or the future (not yet anyway). And my favourite images come from being in that present moment. The future will wait for me, it is right up there, the past I keep preserved in memory and photo, but I would gladly trade either to stand here a while longer in the company of trees.
They Danced Alone
My Gift Of Silence
Photography is a language, it is a form of communication, you – the photographer – have a message to impart to an audience (and the surest way to fail at this is to disagree with this idea). And as with any form of communication, the best ways to learn it are to use it and to experience it. I am a big believer in learning photography by seeing photography. I look at Photography books on a daily basis, I even spend a bit of time looking at photos on the internet though I do this very selectively and it is far from my favourite method of enjoyment.
Nothing comes from nothing.
Inspiration is gleaned in bits and pieces every day from the things we read and hear and experience and see. And it stands to good reason that the more you read and hear and experience and see, the more you can create, the more you can think of to say and communicate.