Winter comes “again”…

Well, I do not want to start discussions about global warming, but during the whole month of January and February the white stuff has been really lacking in the whole central Europe. The Swiss alps have been looking really bleak and unusually green during the last months, birds have been turning their colours into spring mode and new buds have been growing on some trees. Kind of Spring in january…

Luckily enough, a few days ago we got a new “feel” of winter in Switzerland. We were in the Jura mountains, spending a few days close to the Mont Tendre area, preparing our next workshop there, and got “happily” caugth in the middle of a snow blizzard. You might think that blizzard conditions, with almost no visibility and snow being drifted horizontally by gusty winds is not photogenic….The truth is, such conditions often “simplify” the landscape to the bare minimum, leaving graphic forms against blank and un-cluttered backgrounds where you can focus on the surrealist quiet and latent mood of winter…

This image is an example of this. I was attracted by the simple and graphic forms of the trees, particularly about that deciduous one which appears in the center of the image. I covered a long area from side to side, so that the “subject” would get reinforced by contrast with the other evergreen trees and also by “breaking” that visual rythm created by the coniferous trees. This is a clear example of a composition where the “dissonant note” character of a subject becomes the real source of its visual weight, giving it all the protagonism. Placing the naked tree bang in the middle of the image (and thus breaking those traditional “rules” of composition) also collaborates to state clearly what the image is about…In this case, the dose of visual tension is added by the contrast of natures and forms, and by the rupture of the visual rythm…so placing the decidous tree in the middle added a bit of stability and calm to counteract that tension in the scene. Basically, that calm and quiet feeling was an important part of the mood which I wanted for this winter image: A latent and sleeping landscape waiting for the renewal of spring.

Great light to you all, and make the most of what remains of this fantastic season ;-)

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4 comments

  1. Alister Benn says:

    A great story and a really worthwhile explanation of your thinking behind the image. I love the words “dissonant note” ). As you know, I am writing this series of articles called the Language of Light, and I include a “Melodic Reference” towards compositions. It is the same word in music as well as Photography.

    Good stuff and a very good image…

  2. Thanks Alister!!:)…You are totally right, this goes hand in hand with the subject of your last articles…By the way, I take advantage to cite your great new articles about composition that I suggest everyone interested in learning the “visual language” read thoroughly…! Learning the visual language is the first step into communicating something to others by means of your photography…

    http://availablelightimages.com/?p=1173

  3. Thanks for sharing this picture and the story, both are great! In particular it is interesting for an “amateur” like me to know what you had in mind when taking the picture and how you arrived to this composition.

    • Thanks Philippe! Really glad you liked it…And yes, you are totally right. Photography is just about vision, having a message-emotion-feeling to tell and finding the visual way of conveying that message…Really happy to see I could transmit that idea through this post…
      And well,…in photography or in any other art, we are always amateurs! Always passionate, always learning…! ;-) Great to see you around…I see you live in Ticino? Great place…my favourite in Switzerland…but shh…do not tell anybody! :)
      Regards

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