Like many of us, our great friend Ian has been making photos of trees for a many years, but he has made an art form of it. Recently he has been making images on “the good edge” which he said “is a place to just be you. You can ignore the world behind you and just watch that in front of you yet not actually take part”. He started to look for “good edges”.
For the last 20 years since I have been living in Hanmer I have been photographing trees and also making images “from the water’s edge”. In autumn this year I made this image to add to my collection. I have photographed this tree many times, in many seasons and in many weather conditions. It has always impressed me because of the way the willow’s roots are entwined through the inhospitable conditions of not only sand and soil but deep into the water to survive and continue to grow, although the roots are hidden in this image. I continued to think about his image and finally processed it about a week before Ian’s accident. It seemed to me its story was not only about survival – but survival on the edge! For me, this tree represents survival and growth despite its closeness to the water’s edge. It is on a “good edge”.
Ian, my friend, I am sure you can access a deep inner strength to get through and continue to grow despite this major setback. You will beat this and although you and your family will be changed forever, you will definitely continue to grow and be stronger. I know there will be many moments when it may not feel like that, but you all will. You are survivors.
When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up ~ Winston Churchill
Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui ~ “Be strong, be brave, be steadfast”