All of these images are from Marin County, CA. Marin is in the California Floristic Province, a zone of extremely high biodiversity. There are various micro climates and ecosystems, as well as a large variety of trees – from Coastal Redwoods to large stands of live and dead Oak, Acacia, Madrone and more.
Using a Gigapan panoramic device, these images are comprised of anywhere between 40 and 100 individual images stitched together to create 1 composite image. I’ve tried to bend reality by positioning myself as close as possible to the trees so that the perspective is distorted and creates a more dreamlike image. All of the images are on archival 120 GSM matt paper.
Taking long-exposure into the night, I have pursued the technique of light painting, which is accomplished by using colored light in front of an open shutter. All effects you see in the images were done in-camera, with minimal after-processing in a computer. Stars move in the sky, and streetlights and other distractions happen at the fringes of the frame.
These shots get to the dark and sometimes forgotten places, mostly in the industrial valleys and deserts of California, where lost dreams and cracked concrete survive among the dry weeds.
In so many ways, California has been very generous to me. Growing up there among the pastures and dry hillsides, I remember days that lasted forever, swimming the the family pool, or sliding down the wild oat hillsides on lettuce boxes. Those hills are gone under houses now.
California gives and gives, and receives our discarded lives into it’s forever spaces. For more images, take a look at http://www.objectify.org