I’ve tried to get this photo for six years – this tree, these conditions, and on a day I remembered to grab the camera bag on the way out the door to work. I honestly didn’t think it would happen, as I missed a couple of opportunities, and then the land owner had a bunch of barn wood stacked up against it for a few years. But last night as I realized this morning would have dense fog, I thought about this tree and remembered that the wood stacked against it had been removed a few months ago, so I would have another opportunity after all. So, here it is.
It’s funny how you almost develop a sort of relationship with the things you want to make photographs with. You find yourself caring for them in an odd sort of way, wishing them well and admiring them every time you see them.
This is my second attempt at this image. My first version of this debuted a year ago during my first solo exhibition. it wasn’t a bad image, and I was reasonably happy with it, but didn’t really hit the technical or emotional marks I’d hoped to achieve with it. I let it be for a while (took a break from photography as a whole, really), and a few months ago began working towards version 2.
This is the second shot/experiment I wanted to do with this particular room. In The Nautilus Salon, I wanted to see if I could build a convincing environment in 3D and put a practically shot model into it, and make the entire composite a nice cohesive image. In this second image, I wanted to see if I could create a bit of interaction with that 3D environment – in this case the chair.
This has fast become one of my favorite images. After my “This little light of mine” experiment, I began thinking about how fun it would be to create a full environment in 3D, then composite a practically shot model into the scene. I began gravitating towards the idea of creating something with a bit of a steampunk aesthetic. Jules Verne’s “20’000 Leagues Under the Sea” is a source of inspiration to steampunks – a Victorian era science fiction that melded unique beauty with technology, so I wanted my steampunk image to be a sort of homage to that.