Portrait of a Forest: Spring Sunset




Portrait of a Forest: Spring Sunset
This is the beginning of a series i have been wanting to do on "Portrait of a Forest"
And inspired finally to start making the collection by Nirlep's Punjab series :)

Portrait of a Forest will paint BR Hills as i have seen it through the years. It is a forest i have marveled at. Like a moody girl, she changes colors, hues, clothes, and life ebbs and flows. It has fascinated me ... The beginning of Feb is different from the middle/ end of Feb! A pretty, heartstopping place for me, if i had to pick one forest to be my muse, it is this one.

Radermachera xylocarpa | Padri Tree | BR Hills | February 13 | 1811 hrs
Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:25 am
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Commentby nirlep on Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:53 am

Hi Arati,
Thanks for the mention !
A series is always interesting for it gives a photographer opportunity to stitch continuity of images in the mind of the viewer. It akin to construction. We see bit by bit image by image a story being told. I recall Ganesh and Nilanjan's series from Jim corbett which was like being there. In this shot it's the color combination which attracts attention. Brown in/on brown, unfettered randomness, so characteristic of a jungle. I was wondering what effect would a bit darkened flowers have on the overall appeal. looking forward to a mysterious unfolding.
Thanks for sharing

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:23 pm

Fantastic creation, the white flowers hit the right chords. I am working back-end to id the flowers for the past 1 hour. I really liked the write up on BR Hills, just to remind you, that its time you should visit your muse.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby Vikram Sathyanathan on Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:27 pm

I particularly like the exposure in this image, looking forward to your series.

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:40 pm

Hmmm, since you sms'd me to get my candid view on this image Arati, am caught in two minds.....to be very honest I did not find anything in the image which would excite me. I am taking this inability to appreciate this image as my deficiency :-). At times one feels very excited being at a place, like I feel about Kazi or Corbett, just whatever I shoot makes me feel happy. I made a few forest images during my Corbett trip too but really did not find any reason to post them anywhere as I felt those images can only make me feel happy as am very emotionally attached to the place just like you are to B.R. Hills. I am utterly sorry if I disappointed you, but again I must say plz take it as my failure that I could not connect to your image at all. Still I would be waiting for the entire series to unfold itself into something which will force me to change my mind. But for your sms I would have probably not commented on this image as I have no suggestions regarding the image at all and at the same time I had to confess my inability as well. Of Course, there are many such brilliant images with which I fail to connect, that does not take anything away from such images but only teaches me my deficiencies. I am sure those who have been to this place will have more positive comments to offer than me....hope you understand me.

Nilanjan Das Photography

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Commentby neelu on Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:55 pm

arati....this image is unusual in its tone and hues of a forest, one sees the clouds and sky in the background as also greyed out and muted.
your earlier image of the red sun setting behind the trees, again unusual, it will be interesting to see the whole series, one is so used to a "green forest", that these muted tones speak differently.
waiting for the whole series to unfold...

Commentby AratiRao on Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:18 pm

Thank you Nirlep, VMR, Vikram, NilanjanDa, and Neelu :)

Nirlep - let me try darker flowers - an interesting thought. for me the sunlight catching the white flowers and fresh leaves, a sure sign of spring, was what attracted me.

VMR: Oh and how i long to see my muse again too :) As for the ID ... it is a Bignoniaceae - the Padri tree. I want to also extend this study to a proper write up on the cycle in that fantastic forest. Let's see how this series unfolds ... am planning to do one a day.

Vikram: thank you, it's as much a mystery to me... going to get the mood of the forest rule the series.

Nilanjan Da: What a hilarious comment, Da... Why did you force yourself?! That was not my intention at all *laughing* ... My Sms merely was meant to tell you of the start of the series and that your comments in general are always interesting and frank... and sure they are! hahaha. No sweat, no need for apologies. And TOTALLY ok that it didnt resonate. I post images that give me pleasure - i have no control over anyone else nor any expectations! And I apologise if the sms *forced* you. :) :)

Neelu: You have been with me on many of these trips - and we have both marveled at the muted tones. the browns and reds in BR HIlls captivate me. And within a few days of rain they disappear behind the greens. it is fascinating. i am hoping my love for the forest shows through this series.

Thanks all for your views and comments,

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