A short while ago, I visited a photography exhibition by Korean artist Dae Soo Kim (website). This was at Eulenspiegel Gallery in Basel. His large format photographs of trees most impressed me. Rarely did I experience this special feeling of admiration. “He got it!” was my first thought (a blog about his work is forthcoming).
Trees are one of my preferred subjects as they evoke for me tranquillity, strength and resilience. But I find their photography most challenging; they are big, often complex and intimidating.
A few days later, I was walking in the beautiful forest of Lange Erlen, near Riehen/Basel. There was a little rain and spring foliage was a beautiful fresh green. The water on tree trunks also created a stunning contrast. Inspired by Dae Soo Kim’s artistic work, I focused on capturing mainly two types of images. My first interest was the traces left by pests on the tender spring foliage. The second was the contrast in structure and shape of the various types of trees.
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