Ethereal Autumn – Barbara Burry

 Posted by on June 10, 2012  Add comments
Jun 102012
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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.”
~ George Eliot

I have been living in Hanmer Springs for the last 20 years.  The colours of all the seasons and especially autumn have always been emotionally absorbing.  We are all entranced by the beauty of autumn because the colours give us pleasure – even if it is the fading of a season.  Much poetry has been written about autumn.  Painters have painted the autumn colours.  Photographers continue to photograph the shapes and colours and emotions of autumn.  I have been photographing the Hanmer colours since I arrived here – on negative film, traditional slides and digitally for the last ten years.  Recently I have tried to go beyond the literal and have produced more abstract images.  Last year I spent many hours creating abstracts not only in camera but also using the power of post production in the computer.  The creation of these abstracts enabled me to escape from reality – something I needed after the earthquakes in Christchurch – I was there in our town house within the four avenues during both the September and February shakes.
Here is just one example of my many autumn images of the trees and leaves in Hanmer.  I think it shows the ethereal nature of autumn.

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  4 Responses to “Ethereal Autumn – Barbara Burry”

  1. Lovely image Barbara. I love the way there seem to be ghosts of the trees standing amonst them. Although the trees lose their leaves in autumn they return for another cycle in spring. The ghostly images suggest that there might be that pattern repeated elsewhere.

  2. This one is less abstract than others you made last year – I hope that means you dont feel the need to “escape from reality” as much.

    Im sure that your trees are equally beautiful now that they have passed to the next season and are covered in snow

    • Thank you Ian. This one was made over the same period as the others, but on a different day; and didn’t get deleted just because of the strong white area. Just a slightly subtly different use of the post production – I was exploring – and will continue. And I am just about happy to be back in the real world again! I hope to be mobile enough to capture the snowy trees soon, but I will probably now have to wait for the next dump.

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