52 Trees – Week 4

Trees reflected, black and white

In the interests of photography, fitness, and de-stressing, I’ve been taking a daily walk through the cemetery and round the lake.  In the dull grey weather we had for a while this wasn’t offering a great deal in terms of the photography, but the weather this last few days has been the best that autumn has to offer.  Where lake reflections were muddy and indistinct, now they’re clear and – often – full of colour.  However, this series of trees reflected in the lake was more rewarding in black and white, emphasising the wiggly lines caused by the ripples on the water.  It looks better the bigger you see it – unfortunately this is the maximum size my blog theme allows, but you can get a bigger version by clicking on the image.

When I started this project my intention was to aim for shots that went a bit beyond the representational.  I haven’t been very successful with this so far, but I think I’m beginning to move in that direction.  I wanted to see how many different ways I could depict trees, or perhaps more accurately, ‘tree-ness’.  The kind of shots I had in mind have been slow in presenting themselves, and general busy-ness and a nasty virus have kept me from doing much exploring.

It’s made it clear to me how much in photography depends on giving yourself the space, both mental and physical, to allow the shots to come to you, in their own time.  The pressure of ‘yikes, what am I going to post on Wednesday?’ works against this, but it’s countered by the fact that it makes me go out with my camera when the temptation is to stay put in warmth and comfort.  Enjoying my walk for what it is also helps, because then it doesn’t matter if I get any shots or not, I’m still benefiting.  And I decided when I started this that, rather than post an image I’m not happy with, I’d use something from my archives –  and I wouldn’t beat myself up about it, either.  The trick to keeping a project going is to work with your own limitations and motivations – it’s taken me a long time to learn that, but I think I’ve got it now.