I was standing next to this group of pine tree stumps, buried, bleached and blown smooth by sun and sand. I photographed this marvel many times throughout my various adventures to the dunes, but today, I wanted a different perspective. I racked my lens out to 10mm, the widest it would go, and moved in as close as the lens allows (which is just under 12 inches).
|A Different View|
I wanted to make it seem as though the protruding root near the lower part of the left side of the frame was reaching out to draw the viewer in. Through the lens it looked distorted and perfect, but being wrapped up in moment, I failed to realize this 2 dimensional photograph wouldn't hold up the same way as my feeling in that moment. This is one that got away.
I was wrapping up a session on the dunes one evening, trying to make it back to the parking lot by a specific time, as I had a dinner date with friends later this particular evening. It wouldn't be long now, I told myself over and over as one new fascination after another keep me shooting. I crested one dune only to find myself face to face with a sand formation I'd never seen the likes of during my entire travels.
The old pine stumps are a favorite subject of mine while I hike around the dunes. One over cast day, I found myself wandering, not willing to give up the chance to make something new. I found myself in a group of stumps near the base of a high dune. It's a small valley, I seldom visited, because in the past, it was difficult to make vast landscapes. This day, I found myself getting closer for details.
I'm not saddened by the ones that get away, they make me a stronger photographer in the end. While these images will not grace the pages of the INVISIBLE book, the images and stories are worth telling. After all, INVISIBLE has always been about the adventure, not the destination.