Experiencing the Trees at Agnes

On my walk home from the Dana Fine Arts Building at Agnes Scott, I was on a mission to photograph “scattered” objects to help me out with a project for Art 160.  However, I got sidetracked immediately after taking those photographs.  I was walking towards the parking garage when I noticed a tree that had just begun to bloom!  I’ve been admiring this tree for three years now, for its purply pinkish blooms, and have always desired to photograph it.  But this time, I felt bold and encouraged to photograph this tree in fragments.  It felt like good practice and photographing with a purpose!

Although I haven’t posted my entire process on here yet, I have been working on this photography project for about a month and a half now.  I’ve been experimenting with framing in order to discover how the framing effects the overall feel and composition of a photograph.  I’m fascinated by viewing things in fragments because it allows for another world to be discovered.

In these photographs, I’ve been toying with creating compositions that disorient the viewer.  I feel as if this tree, viewed in fragmented pieces, allows the viewer to clearly observe the various viewpoints from the perspective of a tree.  In other words, I’m trying to construct compositions that allow one to “see through the eyes of a tree.”  This sometimes may be a view from a branch, that a little birdie might enjoy.  Whenever I go out and photograph, I try to document my ephemeral experience and emotion of that tree and what I observe.  I am inspired by the world of a tree; a tree who has remained in the same spot, for who knows how many years, and has actually witnessed the development and changes to our landscape and world as our world has become more technically evolved.  Who doesn’t love Spring time?  What I’ve discovered, however, is my fascination with the cyclical pattern of our world.  I have always observed trees, flowers, and nature on my random walks around the city and my neighborhood, but I have never paid such close attention to the entire process of a blooming tree.  It is an incredibly captivating and miraculous process… one that most do not observe unless told to by a biology teacher or professor.  Most capture the after-affect; the trees and flowers in full bloom.  But I actually think the flowers seductive colors are more intense and saturated within a compact bud that is in the process of blooming (this also depends on what tree we are talking about but, mostly I feel this assumption to be correct).  Even the trees, that only sprout green leaves, appear vibrant and rich and bold in their blooming stage.

By they way, I REPEAT, I am an AMATEUR photographer so I am experimenting and learning throughout all these photographs.  I do not particularly like ALL of them, but I am drawn to the ones that feel isolated from the tree. The lone flowering branches appear romanticized and idealized, yet they would not be absolute without the nurture of the grounded tree.  Anywho, take a look and feel free to make a comment or two (specifically, composition related… I already know they are beautiful 😉 ).  The ones that will follow in blogs have mostly already appeared on facebook but have not been fully discussed, so I look forward to sharing those in the near future.  Additionally,  I feel that these below are weak in comparison to some that I’ve taken.  Thanks for readin’!  Peace. Out.

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