Location: White Mountains, California
Camera: Phase One P30+, Mamiya 645D, 28mm
Settings: f/8, ISO 50, 1/80
When: September 2009
Bristlecone pines are nearly 5000 years old and the oldest trees on the planet. They grow high in the White Mountains at elevations over 10,000 feet. Strong westerly winds turn these slow growing trees into contortions making them all different.
Recent fires had raged through central California destroying large swathes of land and raced through this ancient forest. Fortunately the strong winds and sparse groundcover sent the fire through so fast most of the trees were damaged but not killed. On this tree the bark got so hot it popped off into small pieces of coal at the base. The raw wood with attractive patterns was left exposed to the elements (and my camera).
As I looked through the viewfinder composing my image I suddenly noticed the shape of a nude female. Nature is full of surprises and I have to tell you I was both amazed and amused as I finished photographing “Au Naturelle”.
This image is one of only a few I sell as “Collector’s Editions”. This portfolio is artwork so unique the edition size is extremely limited to protect the investment value for collectors. As each edition is sold the price doubles for the next.
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