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Giant sequoia, Mariposa grove, Yosemite
Thousands of these (almost 20 percent of those remaining) have perished in the last two years from fires.
I'm working on a new project. I've grown dissatisfied with making photos in the same way that I have been doing for so many years. Someone suggested pinhole photography to me, so that's what I'm trying to learn now. I've posted some samples here for the last couple of weeks, and I like the results: but they do take some getting used to. Sharpness is largely non-existent in them, but then as Cartier-Bresson said, sharpness is a bourgeois concept.
Peter Matthiessen: "I lost [the wildness of the world] in early childhood. But memories would come on wings of light—a shining bird, high pines and sun, the fire in a floating leaf, the autumn heat in weathered wood, wood smell, a child, soft lichen on a stone—a light-filled immanence, shimmering and breathing and yet so fleeting that it left me breathless . . ."