The Tree

The Tree images were taken several months apart. The first image was taken during the summer of 2012, the second in October of the same year and the third one in early February 2013.I think about this tree every day. I like it.

It’s secluded but steadfast.  A big part of the attraction for me is that the evergreen hasn’t changed whatsoever over the two or three months between these images but the landscape has moved from summer through the beginnings of autumn and now we’re fully entrenched in winter. The OCD part of me wants to keep shooting this tree every few months for the rest of my life. It’s pretty easy for me to get to, but I doubt it’s a destination point for anyone else with the possible exception of the tow truck drivers who sit waiting for DVP accidents to happen.

This sort of thing has been done a lot. Shooting the same scene at different times. This particular project however could move more in the direction of performance. I’d like to do several things that involve the tree. I like the idea of walking around it in either the fresh snow, or just in the summer to wear a path in the grass. Maybe some time I could drape the tree in material, or decorate the tree for Christmas. I can also shoot the image at night with some sort of portable light source. There’s an inexhaustible amount  I can do while keeping the frame of the image the same.

The series would be about time and steadfastness. The tree doesn’t change, nor even appear to age over the course of years.

I worry though that I’ll become more attached to the tree and if anything does happen to it there will be some trauma.

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In a meadow or on some secluded lawn, subtly mark out a 50′ circle. Preferably in a bit of a depression, valley, or beside a hill.

Set up a video camera and shoot a pic that encompasses the circumference of the circle, also shoot a still image of the secluded lawn prior to the performance.

Start filming as I repeatedly walk around and around the perimeter of the marked circle. Try it for like 6 hours or until a well worn path has emerged. Stop filming.

Take a picture of the newly created path.

Would be really cool in a dirt field in the rain. The mud would exaggerate and amplify the path.

I was toying with the idea of creating and photographing or filming more pathways like ‘circular path” with the same theme. A path that abruptly ends, a path that leads directly into water or over a cliff, one that leads directly into a wall, one that turns with an abrupt right angle, several pathways to parked cars suggesting the same route to a parked car is taken every day, two pathways that head directly towards each other then abruptly end.


June 1st, 2012 addition
Adendum for Paths

Experiment with different methods of giving a birds eye view

Existing structure
Skimmer pole

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