One of my favorite images is this picture I took from a trip to Lake Tahoe, California a few years back. It’s one of my favorites because I shot it around the time I had really started growing a love for photography and had a better understanding of how my camera worked. There are many things that are not perfect about this image, but I was much more intentional with this photo, instead of randomly shooting things hoping to get one good shot out of the bunch. (Hey, we all gotta start somewhere, right?) But it’s one of my favourites more so because of the story behind it — that these trees were part of a forest fire, which left their trunks charred black, yet their tops survived and continued to grow. So many life lessons to be learned from these simple trees and their story of survival.
This past year, we returned to this grove of trees, and I found myself still in awe of them, admiring their beauty, form and strength. I wanted to photograph them again, but didn’t want to take the exact same images I took the first time around. There was something about their straight lines that really caught my eye — rows and rows of these barren tree trunks.
I decided to pan my camera up and down to get this motion blur. I realize it has a chaotic feel to it and maybe even be uncomfortable to look at, yet I love the dynamism that resulted in its almost painterly quality.
A little wiggle of the camera while panning resulted in this image.
I know the art of photography is often considered quite literal — the image you get is what you see. But the more I experiment and fall in love with photography, I realize that it can be so much more than that — there is always more to learn, create and discover.