In all of art there is a focus. Dance, music, painting, architecture, sculpture, photography, literature et al call attention to a dominant thought that the artist wishes to communicate. This idea may be of historic, humanitarian or heroic interest, such as the monuments, books or paintings that commemorate wars, scientific advances and regarding those individuals who change the world with their enormous influences. Or the focus of a work may be a quiet joy that the artist wishes to express for its sheer beauty.
The Joyce Kilmer poem Trees was memorized by many school children in the 1950's. I was one of them and the poem certainly impacted the way I forever after looked at trees. As I have said in the past, nature is the supreme architect and trees are among the natural creations that have long inspired architects and artists. Upon viewing this splendid old tree set against imposing architecture, I was glad to spend a few moments simply looking at its beauty. The marvelous wrought iron fence, with it serpentine and linear design, echoes the fine lines of the tree's organic form. As stately and graceful as the architecture that provided a backdrop for it, the tree was a wonderful focal point for my camera.
Sepia photograph: Munich, Germany
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