Tell us the story behind the image of the maples.
I took this photo in the autumn in Acadia National Park, in a thick forest near a river. These are maple trees. The reason I took it is because I have seen a zillion pictures of fall foliage. I wanted to create something different, something impressionistic, like a painting, rather than the usual picture with red leaves that we have seen a million times. The way I see it, I have a canvas in front of me – I just take a paintbrush and paint.
In order to make fall pictures in Acadia you have to go on a precise week in October. The date changes every year because of the weather, so you need to monitor the situation before going. That particular season, a hurricane had passed through and very few leaves were left on the trees. But in that particular grove…autumn was in full swing.
What do you want the viewer to feel when they look at these photos?
I want them to discover the beauty in nature that is not obvious. I run away from obvious pictures; postcard pictures. Anybody can shoot that nowadays with an IPhone. Creating is very different and that’s what I do. I play a lot with movement and with the panoramas, to capture that eternity of the moment in a panel. It’s really difficult because you’re counting on some event to happen while you’re shooting these massive pictures. Often, I use light to create an image, rather than just snapping a picture, which is easy to do. If you look at the white and green image of the aspens, you can walk into that forest in your imagination – and get lost in there.
Location: Acadia National Park, Maine
Photograph Date: 2009
Medium: Chromogenic Print