Almost Like Art | The Farm Road

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Occasionally I manage to take a photo with some artistic value… if we were to stretch the definition of “artistic value” to include “things that are in focus”. I really like this shot. There’s a kind of menace to the closeness of the trees, and the trees to the road. And the thick greens fading from black to white is really cool too.

Technical Stuff: I can remember using a camera… it must have had a lens. Come on, this was six years ago.

I planted most of these trees with my uncle and my grandfather. This is the road to his farm. There was some government program that basically paid farmers to turn their pastures into forests. So we planted a little more than 80,000 trees over a couple of years. Of course we planted them way too close together and now the fields of pine trees are a major fire hazard… but that’s how we figure we can get the fields back and maybe get more cash to plant more trees. It’s the cycle of life.


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About Gabriel

I’ve lived in more than fifty places. I've been paid to pick stones out of fields, take backstage photos of Britney Spears, and report on Internet privacy issues. My photos have been published in several newspapers, and a couple of magazines.
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2 Responses to Almost Like Art | The Farm Road

  1. Gabriel. says:

    Thanks. I was kind of glib on the “Technical Stuff” though… sure, in order to get a shot like this you need the camera and the lens, but then there’s the buying of the farm, spending years growing beef cattle and laying down that winding road. You also must have a grandfather and uncle who barely speak to each other so as we zip along the fields on our tractor there’ll only be a deep, awkward silence as we plant the trees four times closer to each other than they should be… then there’s the fifteen to twenty years you have to wait for the trees to grow. This photo took a lot of work.

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