“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”―
The same goes for trees.
For years a dear friend would challenge me to photograph the familiar. She’d call me out, highlighting that I often think about nature subjects far beyond where I live. That I was overlooking the landscape closest to me.
So there are two locations I visit in my hometown that are sacred to me.
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And when I finally decided to listen to my friend, I also learned that photographing these spaces offered a unique advantage over the places thousands of miles away. I could go anytime, in any season, in all weather conditions, as often and as long as I wanted.
And more than that.
My familiarity and connection to them is a gift because I can take my time and really let my energy settle in the space and when that happens, I see more. I feel more.
I call it my Valentine tree. We visit, we talk, we sway. I have photographed this being in all seasons, from the same angle, the same exposure length (15 seconds), with the same camera.
[tg_small_content class=”animate”] Thank you, Maya.