Abstracts - Ryan Taylor

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The Reflection

Siebenthaler Fen, Beavercreek, Ohio

"I don't think I will ever meet a human being as kind and forgiving as a tree." - Debasish Mridha

While I try my best to not romanticize the artistic aspect of photography, sometimes there is no other way. Patterns are omnipresent thoughout nature. Reflections of animals and objects in water have remained a mainstay for my photographic interest, and that interest has only grown. Here, a half submerged, mangled dead tree trunk piques my vision. The twisted nature of its' being interested me but wouldn't be enough to make for an image based on the tree trunk alone. Fortunately, the near dusk reflection in the water of The Beaver Creek shows another side of the driftwood.

Symmetry is imperative in a balanced image like this, so the horizon line is placed straight down the middle. A contact polarizing filter was ultilized for bringing out the reflective side more powerfully. I have gone back many times to this same spot since then, and as one can imagine the wetland water has risen and fallen over the years. Simply put the driftwood is no longer visible, having truly sunk below. This is an image that cannot be recreated. A abstraction encapsulated in time.

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