by Arnold Wolfgang

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Gallery: bare trees

Tags: tree b/w

Category: Nature

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Date Time Original : 2013-03-25 20:30:48
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Copyright : Wolfgang Arnold
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Published: Saturday 27th of April 2013 07:04:46 PM


Wolfgang Arnold

many thanks for your comment - I like that you pointed out the bench - which is kind of a surplus compared to the other more sparse compositions of the companions of this fellow.

juan carlos carrera

I'm a fan of this series. this is the best for me.

Wolfgang Arnold

many thanks for your comment - in fact it's very much along the lines I'm also thinking: this was always intended as a series (I had the Becher's series of industrial buildings in mind). And, you're right, with the bench and not straight horizontal lines this composition is less isolated. I primarily added this as a counterpoint to "L4" (where the horizontal line has a small 'jump').

I highly appreciate your opinion - so, I'm really glad you like it.

Jack McRitchie
This is really a wonderful series, Wolfgang, one that isolates and stars each tree in turn. They're like individuals in a family album with each picture presenting a slightly different and quite unique character. Bravo.

Marjolein M.


I very much like your series of bare trees too. Words such as ethereal, solitary and poetic come to mind when trying to describe the mood I feel, looking at these.
They would look great indeed, when seen enlarged hanging in a series together on a wall.
(I think showing them in a series together may work better than depicting them as a diptych, triptych or other...?!)
When I looked at these in postage stamp format, 'the pair' (last one) stood out from the crowd for me.
However, when looking at them enlarged on screen, my personal favorites were L5 & L6, for they evoked the strongest mood for me for some reason...
I quite like the above one as well, although it feels less 'lonesome' to me for some reason, and maybe less of an individual tree portrait as well. 
It comes across as a bit more 'distant' to me..

(if that makes sense to you & it's not meant in a negative way, but rather how the tree is being portrayed in its own environment..)

The slight curve of the road in the FG and the bench around the tree may add to that perception...
In any event, it's a series with impact, & that one can be proud of!

Wolfgang Arnold

many thanks for your comments. Indeed, I've been thinking of the trees as individuals :-)

Richard Deng

Beautifully stark but also intimate.  There is a sense of familiarity with the tree that is implied by the benches underneath it that would often be occupied by people.  It is as though the tree is waiting patiently for them to return.


This is a beautiful and poignant reminder that we should not take trees for granted considering how much they provide for us and as a symbol for mother earth.

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