Photographing trees is something that constantly poses problems. Trying to make sense of the chaos of a forest is very difficult – I fail miserably in my attempts to even get on the same page as Peter Dombrovskis. How he managed to create order out of the Tasmanian jungle defies belief.
Loch Rannoch is a massive body of water that stretches for about 22 miles from the A9 at Pitlochry. It goes through various phases (Tummnel, Kinloch Rannoch) until the road ends at the lonely Rannoch Station, on the eastern edge of the inhospitable (but photographers paradise) Rannoch Moor.
I spent quite a lot of time in Rannoch Black Forest – its one of the last remaining few locations where you can see Caledonian Pines in all their massive glory. Although the wood is full of more recent larch and pine, when they do appear they have a brooding presence. It’s incredible to see that the new forest was planted to give the trees space for the their limbs – it looks almost as if the rest of the forest is standing in differential respect!
I pondered for hours…so much potential…so little way of being able to transfer the minds eye into a photograph. I am reasonably happy with these but I consider them works in progress…
This took such a long time to visualise…inches one way and crossing limbs from another tree, inches the other and there’s a broken limb from another. Can’t move back or forward…long exposure meant bleaching out an already grey sky, so have to keep as little of that in as possible…ho hum…as I said work in porgress!