Space-Filling Curves
The Trees of Inverawe



As I walked the dogs in the evenings around late November and December, the changing evening light started to reveal a eerie side to the trees: silhouetted against a dark twilight sky, they would lose three-dimensionality becoming solid black warped curve shapes.
And so an idea for a photography project began to form: for about 3 months I meant to take a camera with me in the evenings, but completely failed. My idea evolved further: eschewing digital, the project to capture some of the rich variety of shapes required a consistent square frame and black and white treatment to avoid distractions of colour but rather emphasize the abstract essence of the curves.
January and February brought two sharp spells of thick winter snow, the coldest since the 1970s with temperatures regularly down to -8 degrees C. During the second cold spell, I realised the trees now presented even more edges than before and that the contrast between snow and bark was almost black and white already. And so I took the Hasselblad 500C/M camera with me one lunchtime, loaded with Ilford Pan-F 50 film (very low grain and a glowing tonality), as the snow was still falling thick and fast, and made a dozen exposures in the course of 20 minutes.
Reviewing the results, it seems the compositions show the trees frozen for a prolonged moment in a kind of natural ballet dance; the mind's eye catches a glimpse of a posture here, arms raised there, limbs at various angles yet elsewhere.
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