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Ancient Paperbark Tree

Frank  McDonald

Townsville, Australia

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Shot in Nome, south of Townsville, Australia this tree would possibly have been young when Captain Cook sailed close by in 1770.

Sadly, since the photo was taken a few years ago, it has broken in two – possibly under its own weight. This exemplifies one of the values of photography: to counter, at least in some form, the evanescence of life. That reminds me of a quotation of William Faulkner, the American writer: “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again, since it is life.” Probably this image won’t be around in a hundred years. But for now, I like to think the art of photography is doing one of its jobs here.

The image was edited in Photoshop with increased saturation, peripheral burning and the application of third party polariser and gold filters. I also popped my signature (created using a graphics tablet and the brush tool) in the lower right hand corner.

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