If you’re reading this blog post, you may be familiar with my White Trees series of images. I began that series back around 2012, when what had been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back interest in photography turned more serious. The White Trees photographs began as part of a learning exercise designed to get me out into the landscape to photograph, and then to use the resulting captures in an interpretive and expressive process of image-making. The basic concept behind the White Trees images are very white trees against relatively dark backgrounds. I”m happy to report the White Trees project is ongoing, with new images continuously in development.
Over the years I’ve been working on the White Trees concept, I’ve produced a great many captures that, for one reason or another, are not suitable for the project. Often, they end up making otherwise great images, and many of those images have become completed works in their own right that are now on this website. After working with these “offshoots” of the White Trees project for awhile, I came to realize that a number of these images had their own hallmark characteristic – very dark trees against relatively lighter backgrounds.
And so, a new project has been born, the Black Trees project. In truth, I already had been working with the Black Trees concept in other settings, and so a Black Trees Series 1 and a Black Trees Series 2 already exist. However, I have not used the trees from the White Trees project as subjects for the Black Trees concept before, which makes a difference. So, I’m starting a new Black Trees Series 3. I think it makes a nice complement to the White Trees project, kind of a yang to the White Trees’ yin.