The normal crop didn’t work on this image
How many times do I pass a scene thinking, man, I wish there wasn’t so much visual noise around that thing. (Usually the thing in question is a tree.)
This mindset is exactly why I love the work of Marijke van Warmerdam and South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee. His series Forest for the Trees puts a brilliant spin on the notion of isolating a subject from its environment. (Hat tip to swissmiss for pointing out his work.)
In lieu of constructing large backdrops, I’ve been allowing myself to enjoy technologies available and help turn photos into what I envisioned all along.
For a while I thought this manipulation to be false. Like auto-tune abuse in pop music, it was a lazy way to cover imperfection.
But I’m letting that go, and I’m not stopping with trees. If I can subtlety correct my pear shape or lessen dark under-eye circles, so be it. I’ll try not to get too uncanny with Madonnafication.
So when I passed by this scene near our house, I didn’t see the tree in the soccer field surrounded by powerlines and cell phone towers, I saw something clean, simple and lovely.