I find a nobility in winter trees. They endure the brutal weather, but show us, in that endurance, their purpose in revealed structure…

(140 words, a one-minute read)

The inner process of leaf-life to come is laid bare as the rain howls and the wind tests whether this year will be the last.

Below the ground, the vast spread of roots has a life of its own, keeping the inner fire of life safe from the killer frosts and seeping ice.

Black and white techniques can help portray the emotional encounter between photographer and subject, helping to convey the starkness of the form. But there is colour, too, if you seek out the contrasts…

©Copyright Stephen Tanham, 2020.

Stephen Tanham is a Director of the The Silent Eye, a journey through the forest of personality to the sunrise of being.

20 Comments on “Winter walks with camera (3) : the fire in trees

    • Thank you, Carol! I do seem to have a nice ‘collection’ of special trees… and love them all. You have a great Christmas, too. Boris has cancelled most of ours… much love ❤️

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  1. Nice trees, Steve. I’m going through a bit of a tree period myself at the moment. I think winter brings out their character more and the shape of them engages more with us, subliminally, than when they’re under summer foliage.

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    • I agree Michael. There is no much to contemplate in a winter tree’s form. I love overlaying the silhouette of a solid tree, say an oak, over another image and letting the layers mingle in a blend. I don’t post them here, because I want to keep it just for the photographer’s art, but it’s a rich, secondary resource. Happy Retirement, by the way… hopefully you had a ‘floating on air’ week!


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