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.
I live in a big city but I’ve also lived in a small town before.
I love big city living more than country life but my experience with living in a small town that granted me easy access to the country has left me with a very strong appreciation for many things bucolic.
As to be expected, there are times when urban living becomes too stressful. I get angry with people and things around me that don’t seem to work to my satisfaction. Sometimes it’s because of them, sometimes it’s because of me and other times it’s a bit of both. I can always count on running to the country to ease my state of mind.
It doesn’t require much consideration. When I’m out there, I just look around; see the earth and sky, clear my mind and just breathe. No talking, barely thinking just defusing and reorienting.
This shot is exemplary of such a moment; such an exercise. When I’m centered again, back into town I go.
Not all dragons fly with fire in their bellies.
Some are like eels with flippers.
They hibernate in the winter while
Dreaming of warmer seasons
In which to frolic among waves
While their hearts beat joyfully
And I dream of them.
Can you imagine a town – no, a metropolis, in which every residence, school, office, factory and road that is built has to be in, surrounded by or around one or more trees that are significantly and functionally incorporated into the architecture? Imagine that!
Some days it seems there’s just never enough.
Constantly planning, planning,
Hurrying up to deliver results but
Waiting for that much needed feedback,
Reciprocation of action
At times my life gets to be ruled by time.
Until I find time to strike back.
The giant enchanted weeping willow slowly approached me by the country road, and whispered some advice that I felt compelled to hear. It said that no matter where I go or how old I may become I must always be forthright but patient, obstinate but considerate and always striving to grow.
2D visual artist specializing in illustration, photography and graphic design.