Arboretum Virtualis | X

Black and white tree forest landscape photography

Life Sculpted

This is a Japanese maple, specifically a red Japanese maple and I saw it as more than a tree. I saw this one as a work of three-dimensional art. An installation that was years in the making.

Japanese maples are beautiful with all of their leaves but I was mostly drawn to this one without its summer crown. Mainly, it was the beauty of its grotesquely twisted trunk and branches but it was also the umbrella shape of its branches.

Photographed very similarly to “Otherworldly”; same lighting equipment setup and similar lighting and exposure settings, I passed this tree several times in daytime before figuring out the best way to shoot it.

20 thoughts on “Arboretum Virtualis | X

  1. Lovely way to shoot it, and the BW composition makes the rough edges stand out more. Different to what most of us are used to. A little jarring, but different is good.

    • Thank you so much, Paula. Shooting this tree was like holding a mirror to my life; seeing it clumsy and unpopular but still quite respectable.

      Of course, most people’s lives are like the appearance of this tree, and can relate as many wear social masks to conceal the ways that they remain unpolished.

    • Indeed, Japanese maples require a fir bit of attention when used as ornamental trees. It doesn’t take much for them to grow unsightly. When well managed, they certainly add tremendous aesthetic benefit to a landscape or architecture.

  2. I agree with you in that Japanese maples often are pieces of art. The way you have lit this tree really brings out its inner beauty, one can really feel the way it stretches and wiggle its way from the trunk. Beautifully captured, Allan.

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