by Yan Zhang
Trees are one of the most essential elements in our natural environment.
In landscape photography, trees can appear in many different forms through the photographers’ eyes – from the focus in a picture to a supporting background object.
Trees had played an important role in my own photography practice. In 2007, after I bought my first DSLR camera Canon 400D, I began to explore every potential photography location near my home and my workplace. I found a solitary tree standing on the hill in the Werrington South campus of the university where I worked. During the next 3 years, I spent a great deal of effort exploring this special tree – I took hundreds of pictures of this tree in different seasons and under different weather and light conditions. Over time, this tree became famous at the university campus. My photographs of this tree appeared in the university campus newsletters and university art exhibitions. My academic colleagues even named this tree as “Yan’s tree”.
Unfortunately, sometime in 2012, this graceful tree was seriously damaged by a severe storm and finally removed by the campus management department. Now I am no longer able to take pictures of this tree, but this early experience gave me important opportunities to train myself with various photography skills.
This collection contains tree images published on 1x over the years. During my selection from over several hundreds of beautiful tree images, I have paid special attentions to the following four types of images:
Solitary trees or a group of trees
Trees within another landscape
Trees presented as background
I hope this gallery of amazing tree shots will bring good inspirations to our photography fellows.