Do you sometimes feel that you just have to get out and burn some film for nothing else but the sheer joy of framing an image and clicking the shutter? I know that I do and sometimes I’m not sure what I want to shoot or where I want to go but I have found over time that there are some things that are just plain inspirational and will always get me happily clicking away. One such for me is an old oak tree standing alone in a field.
The following is first in a series of articles that illustrate how I seek and find inspiration for my photography.
I’m sure that many of you recognize this tree. It has been my avatar in one form or another for nearly as long as I have been a member of this community. The tree lives about 1/2 mile along a trail near my home. It’s one of my favorite places to walk my two dogs and I always have at least one and usually several cameras with me. Over the years I have photographed this tree hundreds of times with dozens of different camera and films and in all seasons. The tree never fails to inspire me and each time I return home with a unique image. You would think that after time the images would start looking alike and become repetitive, but that hasn’t been the case. There’s always something different that brings a fresh look at the subject whether it’s the time of day, the cloud formations, the angle of the sun, the film and equipment I used, or how I processed the film.
I think everyone has something in particular that inspires them, that they just can’t visit without snapping off a few exposures no matter how many times they’ve seen it before. Find yours and go for a visit—say hello for me. Light leaks and expired film to you all.