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Abstracting a Tree

Abstracting a Tree 2008-05-12

NIKON D70 - 18 mm - f/14 - 1/400 sec - 640 iso

Okay, so this one is a little strange and rightly so - it's made up of one tree image reflected and layered over-top of the same. Originally I was just processing what was a nice tree photo, and then just playing with its canvas I came across the strange nature of its mirrored self.

Something about it reminded me of a Rorscharch Inkblot test, or maybe even a neural network map. Lately, I've been having a lot of thoughts about the way that patterns in culture, language, and biology are aptly metaphored by the patterns of trees and branching plants (and no, I have NOT been smoking anything).

While currently studying communications, I take note of the way that languages often branch out in new directions from a common root language. Say for example Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian branching from Latin. I was struck by the same visual pattern after having read "The Origin of the Species", where zoological diversity is defined by evolutionary branching of various animal characteristics sharing a common root (I should note I don't mean to offend anyone believing the Earth is 6000 years old).

Anyway in the patterns of a tree there is a symphony of harmonic patterns in relationship with erratic variation; a careful and ordered and well adapted structure, yet a uniqueness and individuality of every specimen. Each new leaf and branch anew, yet alike and built upon that which precedes it.

  • Very cool!
    Andy @ 2008-07-31 13:07:35
  • Fabulous photo! I love it!
    Lou Ann @ 2009-02-17 18:10:32
  • wonderful! just wonderful.
    Rowan Watson @ 2009-03-26 10:03:12

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