Friday, March 27, 2015

The Marbury Tree

I believe a turning point in my approach to photography occurred on a trip to England in 2008. My wife Mary, our friends Gay and Mike, and I visited a small town called Marbury. As we were walking through the cemetery of the town's church, the remnant of a gnarled old tree caught my eye. I had brought a Canon compact digital camera on the trip. I had done some 35mm SLR photography in the past, but when digital photography came along, I contented myself with a point-and-shoot.

An epiphany of sorts occurred when I walked around the tree and pointed the camera into the eroded interior of the trunk.

That photo showed me the potential of going beyond the representational vacation snapshot.

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