Sycamore in Streetlight
I took this photo last week of a sycamore two blocks from my house. It’s a big tree, grown around a telephone pole with a streetlight. Two years ago the city took a big chunk out of its upper branches to make room for the wires. I have photographed it several times over the last couple of years, always at night, attracting the attention of the neighbors. I act friendly and show them the display on the back of the camera, and they decide I’m harmless if a little eccentric.
So, to continue the theme of my last two posts, does this show the influence of Eliot Porter? There are similarities – natural subject, visual complexity – but I’d like to think there’s something of my own here, too. To me, this image is less soothing and harmonious and more energetic and discordant. I find it exciting. I think it’d look particularly cool blown up big.