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Roots and Roads

Published July 15th, 2012

The context in which we view anything - a person, an object, or even an event - can totally change the way we perceive or understand it.

I found this birch leaf on the ground one day, and as I held it up to the sunlight, I really enjoyed the way it looked. It was dead and falling apart, but in that moment, it was almost as if it was under construction by tiny builders that I couldn't see. It still had colour and seemed vibrant enough to still be "alive".

When I decided to shoot the leaf with my close-up lens, I really wanted to play with light to get that glowing "alive" look that I had see when I first looked at it with the sunshine in the background. Granted, the yellow gel I chose exaggerates that effect, but it still has the pleasing "under construction" look that I was trying to achieve.

A funny thing happened during that shoot. I was able to see the leaf in a TOTALLY different light (both literally and figuratively). After trying many lighting angles and backgrounds, I noticed ...

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