It's a familiar tale you hear all the time. What starts out as an accident turns into something amazing. So it was for Kevin Day, a graphic designer who's created a beautiful and moving story about one dead tree.

For over five years now, Day has been photographing the same tree on different days, through different seasons and in different lighting conditions. His most popular shot was taken one very early morning on August 18, 2005. He reminisces, it was "when the sun rose directly behind the tree from my best viewpoint and the early morning mist lingered and the dissipated at just the right moment, I couldn't take shots quick enough, the light was changing by the second and I could feel myself actually getting emotional and excited by taking photos of a dead tree!"

The unretouched photo, with the sun peeking through the tree's core, became his inspiration. With most of the work done by the sun and the mist, it was the photo that convinced Day that he had to make a set.

Another one of his most popular photos he calls African Sunset. Viewed an astounding 29,000 times, the photo looks like it could have been taken on an African savannah, rather than on a nondescript park in Berkshire, UK.

I was able to get in touch with Day to share ask him some questions. Most importantly, I wanted to know how he had the discipline to take photos of the same tree hundreds of times all the while making them look so incredibly beautiful and different. Here is what he said.

"I guess to shoot a series outdoors you need to be able to maintain an interest over a period of time, so make sure you enjoy the subject matter, and as I have said the most important/changeable factor is the light, so select a subject that looks at its best or comes alive when the light is at its most variable during the seasons - dawn or dusk. What I did enjoy about photographing the same subject over a prolonged period was that through repetition I discovered the best positions and angles for the shots so after a while I could concentrate more on getting the exposures to match what I wanted rather than concentrating on composition."

He continues, "For five years now I have been photographing it and I can overlay my most recent shot on top of one of the original ones and only the very smallest twigs have disappeared - most probably down to wind damage - I think that is what has fascinated me more than anything else, there is this wonderful old tree unchanging over the years and yet I can take hundreds of photos of it during the seasons and very few of them look the same. It is all about the change around the constant."

See the full set at Flickr.

Kevin Day

Other Inspiring Photo Series:
Taxicab Bokeh (12 photos)
Inside the World's Coolest Cockpits (6 Vehicles)
Turning Everyday Moments Into Movie Scenes (12 photos)
Capturing the Perfect Kiss (8 pics)

Views: 46478

Tags: Dead, One, Story, The, Tree, of, photo, photography, photos

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of My Modern Metropolis to add comments!

Join My Modern Metropolis

Comment by Jina H. on February 3, 2011 at 5:14pm
the 1st picture reminds me of Tim Burton's Big Fish DVD cover
Comment by Rowan Watson on January 15, 2011 at 10:02am
beautiful, inspiring work.
Comment by Jimbo Blimber on December 17, 2010 at 1:37pm
I spy many a CHEMTRAIL in ye yonder skies, my lass!

What are they fertilizing the skies with, pray tell?
Comment by Rick James Bitch on December 17, 2010 at 8:31am

CHEMTRAILS!!!!!!!

Comment by Alyssa Anda on November 19, 2010 at 4:29pm
I'm so tempted to liken this to Alice in Wonderland. I have no idea why. I love it though :) MAGNIFICENT!
Comment by Jacob Reedy on November 11, 2010 at 5:50pm
amazing, who knew someone could capture so much beauty in just one dead tree.
Comment by Carlos Martinez on September 30, 2010 at 11:56pm
beautiful, i love the spider web being the main focus and the tree in the background yet both equally stand out brilliantly amongst the sun, jus gorgeous absolutely gorgeous they all are
Comment by Kim Brown on September 29, 2010 at 4:35pm
This photographer is a true artist ! I love it and can see these being fantastic post cards as well !
Comment by sAm on September 29, 2010 at 11:34am
That tree has so much character, great job to the photographer who brought out the life of the tree through his photos. The first photo is stunning.
Comment by Stephen M. Barrett on September 29, 2010 at 9:36am
Paying homage to a tree that has witnessed the passing of time and refuses to let time win.
Well Done!
ADVERTISEMENT

© 2014   Created by alice.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service