Ese árbol // That tree (by Mark Hirsch)

A Year in the Life of That Tree

Durante 20 años, el reportero gráfico de 52 años de edad, Mark Hirsch, condujo por el solitario y viejo Bur Oak dos millas desde su casa en el suroeste de Wisconsin sin pensar en tomar su foto ni una sola vez. Entonces, una noche, tomó una foto particularmente hermosa del árbol al atardecer usando su iPhone recién comprado.

Era su manera de poner a prueba la cámara del teléfono (sobre la que era muy escéptico) y, he aquí, se enganchó. Durante todo un año después de aquello, a partir del 23 de marzo de 2012, Hirsch tomó una foto por día del imponente roble Oak Bu, y tituló el proyecto resultante “Ese árbol”.

En declaraciones a NPR, Hirsch explica que “Ese árbol” le ayudó a redescubrir lo que era tomar fotos para sí mismo y no sólo para su trabajo. No hubo ni un solo día en que no tomó una foto del árbol. Algunas muestran el árbol disfrutando de una puesta de sol, otras cuentan con su esposa y sus dos hijos, y una su perro Magnum, pero cada foto es diferente y de singular belleza.

Como se puede ver, no todas las fotos son del propio árbol. Con el tiempo, Hirsch comenzó a familiarizarse con el pequeño ecosistema que giraba alrededor del árbol, lo que le lleva a fotos de los animales que llaman casa al árbol, y de las hojas que lo mantuvieron con vida.

“Cuanto más tiempo pasaba allí, más mi agradecimiento por lo que una fuerza única [este árbol] era y por el impacto que tuvo en la calidad de vida a su alrededor. En ese reino, en ese microcosmos del mundo, verdaderamente es un árbol de vida.”

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For 20 years, 52-year-old photojournalist Mark Hirsch drove by the lonely old Bur Oak two miles from his home in southwest Wisconsin without thinking to take its picture even once. Then, one evening, he took a particularly beautiful photo of the tree at sunset using his newly purchased iPhone.

It was just his way of testing out the phone’s camera (which he was very skeptical of) and, lo and behold, he was hooked. For a full year after that, starting on March 23, 2012, Hirsch took one photo per day of the towering Bur Oak, and he’s titled the resulting project “That Tree.”

Speaking to NPR, Hirsch explains that “That Tree” helped him to rediscover what it was like to take photos for himself and not just his job. There wasn’t a single day that he didn’t take a picture of the tree. Some show the tree basking in a glorious sunset, others feature his wife and two children, and one his dog Magnum, but each photo is different and uniquely beautiful.

As you can see, not every photo is of the tree itself. Over time, Hirsch began to become acquainted with the little ecosystem that revolved around the tree, leading to photos of the animals that called the tree home, and the leaves that kept it alive.

“The longer I spent down there, the greater my appreciation for what a unique force [this tree] was and what an impact it had on the quality of life around it. In that realm, in that microcosm of the world, it really is a tree of life.”

(via: http://petapixel.com/)

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

A Year in the Life of That Tree

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