[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]Trees are one of the most interesting and yet overlooked elements in ones surroundings. Part of learning, a primal part, has to do with developing an understanding of one’s environment. People have an instinctual and learned knowledge of things like trees. We know what they should look like, their shape, colour, size; they are an integral part of the landscape. This commonality is what is remembered when we see them. The brain picks up the queues from the eye and fills in the rest without actually going through all the information that the eye sees. That is why a tree is seen with the eyes but understood through memories. It is also why they are overlooked, they become generalized.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″]Photographers have been inspired by trees for as long as the medium has been around. Photographs can draw attention to the details which are often overlooked in the day to day; this is what makes them special. When faced with an infrared image, however, some of what we know about a tree does not match what it looks like. An infrared photograph not only draws attention to the details, it also causes a re-evaluation of the subject matter without learned preconceptions.[/su_column] [/su_row]
They evoke our attention simply because they grab it to begin with. Infrared trees act as skeletons holding shrouds under velvet like skies. Mysteriously they stand out and demand ones attention. Photographed as if posing, the character of the tree develops as the image is evaluated.