My Trees

I felt as though the image I have chosen is fitting to Paul Graham’s example. I think he was trying to say that it’s not about the subject matter of the image, but how we as individuals have completely different ways of interpreting the subtle hidden meanings within an image. No conclusion or opinion is right, it’s about getting the viewer engaged and making them question themselves.


Tree Or Not To Tree? (2016) Great Langdale, Ambelside

I wanted my image to appear as one composition embodying two, an image within an image. Having a single light source leads the viewer’s eye straight to a focal point, and once there my aim was to keep them engaged. The tree splits the image down the middle and gives the impression of two sides, the contrast in colours from the white and red supports this idea well. I framed this composition in this way due to the light conditions I had at hand, and also due to the fact I had not taken a tripod with me so knew I would have to handhold the camera. The Lake District has very little light pollution so it makes a great place for night photography; I decided I would work the situation to my advantage by using complete darkness to represent my negative space.

My image was taken at around 11pm on Saturday 30/01/2016; the location was a campsite in Great Langdale, Ambleside (BaysBrown Farm Campsite). The subject matter is the torso of a tree positioned centrally in front of the campsites shower block, or is it?

f/4.5, 5 sec, ISO 100