“In the traditional Māori world view, plants and animals were rich in meaning. The diverse heights, girths and other features of trees suggested the variety of human dimensions. Children were named after trees, plants and birds, and people’s characters were likened to features of the forest.” – “Te Waionui te Tane”, Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand
From a focus mainly on water in the past, recently I have found myself drawn more and more to the land and the forest. This year I've set myself a project to study the trees I am drawn to in more depth, to try and understand more than just their physical characteristics, to photograph and photograph until they become a part of me and I of them.
More and more I'm asking myself “what is this about?”, rather than “what is this of?” when I look at an image I've made; recognising that something in the subconscious has stirred the interest that pressed the shutter at that point and has prompted the subsequent processing. Often it is not until I sit back and reflect that the messages come.
In the background textures the weaver has made her presence felt, as she does often in my work. Threading together a star sparkled night sky married to the daylight. I am learning to appreciate her influences, not the least of which is a weaving between the physical and spiritual worlds. The leaves allowed their wild and exuberant dance with the wind unfettered by the sharp and confining instantaneous click of a 1/500th shutter. And the explosion of green and gold, botanic fireworks in celebration of life. All speaks to me of a joy I find in my place in the world at this moment.