Following on from yesterday’s article on travelling as a photographer – specifically the portion on serendipity – I thought it might be nice to show an example of that in today’s photoessay.
This forest wasn’t something we planned to visit; I had a couple of days free in Prague before the start of the last Prague workshop. My brother flew in from London to join me, and we rented a car for a day to drive around. There were a few small towns that were our primary destination – ostensibly for photography – but the forest we passed along a small country back road turned out to be far more interesting. Perhaps it was the unexpectedness of the discovery, the isolation and solitude, or just the nearly-perfect, uniformly-spaced (but clearly still natural) trees that were waving around gently in the breeze, about 100 feet overhead, with no intermediate branches or low-level growth to block the view.
I could have stayed there for a long, long time, but we needed to get back to Prague. Instead, I made do with some images. I think perhaps the first and last encapsulate the warm, embracing feeling of being there best; there were some interesting oddities along the way, like the lane that divided the dead trees from the living; a healthy assortment of probably deadly (but colourful) fungi; shafts of brilliant sunshine that interrupted the clouds to spotlight a single tree or branch, and the curiously empty forest floor. Honestly, web jpegs do not do the place justice; a big screen helps, but a large print only truly begins to approach the feeling of being there. Enjoy! MT
Images in this set were shot with a Ricoh GR (digital V) and the 21mm adaptor.
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