FAMILY TREES IN WINTER

Paul Quixote Alleyne

Inglewood, United States

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Photography is one of the visual arts, and what I enjoy doing as an artist. I use photography in a variety of ways; as part of a composition such as a collage; a photograph, elements of a compilation of images, and as inspiration,or accompaniment to my poems.
I read many years ago about a famous photographer who said that when you make a photograph, it should be “framed” or composed in such a manner that no cropping would be necessary;with this in mind, when I look through the camera lens, I look to create a balance that reflects this concept.
There is a rule in photography called: “The rule of Thirds”. The principle of which is to break up the image in thirds as you frame it horizontally and vertically. This helps to assure balance to the image, and does not mean that the image is always centered, but that balance is achieved in the framing.

The “Family Trees in Winter” image continues to be one of my favorite photographs taken; perhaps because of its perceived quality and the emotions it evokes.The image is simple, yet complicated. On first viewing, what you see prominently are the three trees which seem to dominate, but then as you venture deeper into the image, you see other families of trees. This is not what I saw initially, but now I understand how it stirs my emotions — the organic trees are clearly dominant in the foreground, and the manufactured trees lining the background, give depth to the image and supporting it.

The choice of color, or black and white was a simple one. I chose black and white because I wanted to offer the viewer as few distractions as possible while maintaining a stark and clear vision.

The image represents the strength of family: Strong limbs, branches reaching out to touch one another to form a bond of togetherness, and the manufactured trees in the background support this as they link up with each other via cables as feed electricity to other families: People, businesses, and others; just like blood circulates through one’s body.

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