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Photographing Feeling

October 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My greatest ambition with my photography is to capture what it felt like to be at a certain place at a certain time. Rather than trying to communicate a literal depiction of what a scene looked like, I want to communicate what it felt like. Most times I don't succeed, but on a few special occasions, it all comes together, and when it does, it is truly magical.

I made this photograph on the Tamarack Swamp at the Wood-Rill Scientific and Natural Area on a recent photo walk. It has quickly become one of my favorites. For me it evokes a sense of mystery and awe at the beauty of creation. I am reminded of ancient Chinese and Japanese paintings. The dead limbs intermingled with the living remind me of the circle of life. That is a theme that I often come back to in my photography.

As I've written before, I don't know that I can give you an eloquently crafted description of just what makes this photograph work for me, but I can tell you how it makes me feel, and that's enough for me.


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