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Bleeding Obvious?

By jasontheaker  
Forests maintain a profound significance to my emotional triggers. Not only do they remind me of exciting childhood adventures a as kid, den building with my twin brother, climbing trees and hunting dear with bows and arrows, (thankfully my optimism didn’t prevail), but they are fascinating places in their own right to clamber around in, (with or without a camera).

Now as I’ve mentioned elsewere, its challenging to make good images in forests and I don’t wish to repeat myself here, but I suspect my perseverance with the subject matter is related to something profound in me, something that catalyses more personal, deeper feelings.

Now hang on a minute, ‘don’t worry’, I do not wish to use this text as a physiological breakdown of my entire feelings around forests, (I really don’t think you would have the time or interest). But it does seem clear, to me anyway, that really good photography triggers emotions that exist in the psyche of the person viewing. They are not plucked out of thin air and cannot create an emotion that wasn’t there buried somewhere deep in the memory banks. Please don’t misunderstand me here, This doesn’t mean that you have to have seen the same kind of scene to engage with it, but that if you have experienced similar environments you’re more likely to synthesise your experiences and engage on an emotional level.

Let’s take a negative example to clarify this statement. There are many images made in some spectacularly wonderful places around the world, (Antelope Canyon in the USA springs to mind) that personally I can truly respect for their execution, appreciation of form, light, movement and composition, but leave me feeling flat, unemotional. The problem I have with them is that I struggle to engage my own feelings from personal experiences, I cannot secure any kind of synthesis to hang those feelings on. This doesn’t mean that the image is not powerful, just not to me.

On a personal note here and to give you a small incite to my own emotions about this image. It was made on a dawn walk with my son; he was in the mid distance here clambering through the undergrowth with his camera aloft, following his current twitching passion and trying to photograph an elusive tree creeper. He kept shouting back to me, “Dad, can you see it?” and “look a nest” to my reply, “just stand behind that tree for a minute!” I feel so proud that he enjoys this environment and truly hope that the experiences he had on this day (and many more like it) offer him the deep love of this environment.

Tags: Memories Beach Forest Yorkshire Sunrise Trees Mist Son Otley Landscape and travel Jason theaker Dainfield Elden

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28 Apr 2010 1:04PM
Beautiful shot

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Nice colours and lovely light.
TrevW Plus
6 118 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2010 1:09PM
That's a nice shot and one I'm trying to capture. My recent one being blue bells in the woods. I'm determined to try and capture that perfect wood scene with the sun showing it's rays through the branches as you have here. I'm still searching for that perfect location, time and colour. I won't give in! lol!

Well done!
lovely iage - like how the leaves naturally provide a frame to the shot
Liz
Techno Plus
7 1.5k 8 England
28 Apr 2010 1:16PM
This is quite stunning, the light cascading through is quite wonderful, and the control of the exposure sublime, I agree in part to what you say about forests the other part well.........
Mal
tmann Plus
11 4 2 United States
28 Apr 2010 1:17PM
fabulous capture
Very impressive image. Pity no large version available.
28 Apr 2010 1:51PM
What a cracking image this is, well captured.

ATB Bob
SteveNZ Plus
7 4 5 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2010 1:53PM
Great result... nice work.
Steve.
28 Apr 2010 2:43PM
Gorgeous image - I aspire to take photographs like this and seeing such an image is the inspiration needed to keep at it - well done!

Paul
Thanks all, your feedback is much appreciated...
28 Apr 2010 3:25PM
Fab image, love the use of the foreground leaves to provide the frame, and light peeking around the boles of the trees. Spot on, great work!

Steve
28 Apr 2010 5:33PM
Beautiful Light
Rick
Adobecs Plus
9 114 England
28 Apr 2010 6:51PM
Brilliant.
Pat.
oll1e Plus
8 57 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2010 7:39PM
love your write ups Jason !,this is lovely the light coming through backlighting the leaves is superb ,really well done fella Smile
baileys, adobecs cheers and oll1e such warm words, thanks that means allot to me...(o:
1 May 2010 7:20PM
Captured quite exquisitely.
DRicherby Plus
7 269 725 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 4:36PM
This is a very intuitively appealing image. As you say, it's not one of those locations where you end up with a very abstract shot that's very much a photographer's photograph. This speaks to anyone, without needing them to understand any visual language.

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