I have a few favourite spots on the Isle of Skye on the Road to Elgol and this week I decided to review my photographic study of a lone tree – fragile and buffeted by the weather but resilient in this inhospitable place. I have watched its transition through the seasons over a number of years. My work for Informing Contexts was entitled Metaphors of my Mind – and this lone tree was a metaphor for me. Strong yet vulnerable, apart from other trees but close to a larger group and resilient in the face of many challenges. I started by taking some literal shots, colour and black and white from every conceivable angle. I painted the tree with light at night, inverted the tone curve and used intentional camera movement to emphasise its shape and form.
I find it difficult to judge from these photographs the Image of the Week as for me they tell a story about different aspects of the tree. My favourites are 4 and 6 both both of which made the final cut for my Work in Progress Portfolio. For me, Image 4 is best as it tells the story of what it is really like to be that tree on that dark, windy and rainy day.
My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.