Interestingly, I always thought of this as a photography of a branch floating like a feather at the brink of a dam... If I remove it I must rethink completely the photograph! But then again, it only takes a beat of the heart or a blink of the eye so why not?
I am in complete awe of your work. And the fact that on top of being insanely talented, you are kind and selfless enough to put up all your work here in great resolution, available for download, that just blows my mind. Much respect to you!
I agree about the sky. Been waiting for something to appear almost an hour (cloud, bird, UFO... just anything!) and finally I settled for long exposure and careful framing towards the tree and away from the disappointing bright blue sky!
Very interesting because I consider the image to be reversed for some reason. The flow is right to left instead of the way western language reads. Half the world might see it as oddly off and the other half as just normal. Which means that the actual intention of the artist becomes less relevant in that respect. I like it oddly off, by the way and would not like it as much the other way around.
Thank you for this kind and utmostly insightful comment! I like to think that the other half of the world will cross the river to get a fresh perspective... And prefer not to mention which half this is, just to keep it slightly mysterious as a river in a forest is meant to be
It reminds me a bit of a natural yin-yang symbol: smooth and serene on one side of the line, churned and tormented on the other. I wish you'd been able to make a bit more of a feature of the stick because then you could've made it the subject that teeters on the brink.
Regardless of that, the scene looks magical; worthy of Lothlorien mate
It does have something of Yin-Yang now that you mention it! I was actually standing on a wall bordering the waterfalls to create a passageway for the boats and the stick was just on the border of the wall, so for all my efforts I couldn't get it to be a nice center piece, and eventually chose to make it gently underline the photograph. But I do agree with you on this and really wished it had been ten feet further down: I would have jumped in the water to get this one!
Wait... Maybe it saved my life that the stick was so inconveniently placed!
Oh well, what's life when you have a nice photograph to make?
Thank you so much! Your comments are always appreciated, as I keep being inspired by the simplicity and depth of your work... Couldn't quite settle for black and white but I'm moving my way to square format though...