Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Trees Are Watching

Outside of faith and religion, one of the things I have always enjoyed photographing is nature – specifically, landscapes that are uncanny or unsettling in some manner. I like to explore the inherent tension between humans and the natural world. This was actually the focus of my undergraduate art thesis at Northwestern University.

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I traveled to Colorado, which is peppered with Aspen trees in some areas. The trees themselves are gorgeous, but what immediately struck me about them was the “eyes” on most of their trunks. Aspen trees are self-pruning, and when their branches come off, they leave behind shapes that tend to resemble human eyeballs. I spent a couple of hours one morning wandering around and photographing several of these eerie, anthropomorphic trees.

Thanks for looking!

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