The anatomy of a Cider Gum (eucalyptus gunnai ) is important. But the Labyrinthine nature of these cider gums makes them very difficult to photograph. Their unique wiggling branches reaching to the ground means that incoming close you become enclosed in the tree. How magnificent a shelter they would have made with a full complement of leaves under snow load. The artistic eye flits from composition to composition not knowing how or when to rest.
For this reason, I have put together pairs of images that then be arranged and rearranged to form a unique view. While at the same time enabling the viewer to engage with the structure, or anatomy of the tree.
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If you look at some of the images showing the crown of the tree you will note that it is still alive. Unfortunately, my recent experience of observing these Cider Gums is that it is on its last journey in life. Note also it has a burnt trunk placing it as already a large tree pre-1828. It is important to understand why these trees are suddenly dying.
Understanding the Anatomy of a Cider Gum
Anatomy studies the structure of a living creature as well as the dead. The purpose of this sort of study can be purely for interest. It often is scientific, and its use can be significant for healing – medicine. In this, there is also cultural knowledge for these trees. Unfortunately, much of this is lost. But it may well be the key to understanding the ability of the older trees to survive better than the post-1828 trees. For more information go here.
Rules for the series: Journey into the tree. Document. Then photograph the tree internally from near the trunk. Responding to interesting forms and how they relate to each other. Because I was responding aesthetically this meant I had both horizontal and vertical imagers. The decision to paint the images came later as I reviewed the collection. Not all images were used.
Technical: Camera Canon D600 EF24mm lens Manual setting: ISO 200 f11 -f13 1/60 -1/80
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Anatomy of a cider gum: Paired images 1
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Mix and match image pairs of your choosing to create that unique feature wall. Mix sizes – place them where you desire. On a feature wall, down a hallway, around a board room, up a stairway. The choice is yours. Or simply pick your favourite pair for a special place.
Individual image pairs: A2 prints (17″ 42cm short edge) $200 each
- A2 prints (17″ 42cm short edge) $200 each
- A3+ prints (13″ 42cm short edge) $150 each
- A4 Prints (8″ 21cm short edge) $100 each
Images will be printed on roll paper as Horizontal pairs will print longer – (approx 100cm) thus larger than Vertical ones (approx 60cm).
- A2 (#14 4 Vertical images printed on 17″ roll short edge – Approx 40cm x 120cm) $350
- A2 (Introducing the tree. – 4 Horizontal images printed on 17″ roll short edge Approx 40cm x 120cm) $400
Plus freight. Framing is the responsibility of the purchaser.
Larger sizes are available on negotiation with the artist.
All Photographs are Giclee printed on 310gsm Archival Acid-free papers and archival pigment inks. As with all works on paper, do not hang in direct sunlight, framing is recommended.