What you see isn’t always what you get. I once heard this photographer give some advice to another: “To be a good photographer, you shoot what you know. To be a great one, you shoot what you do not know in order to get to know it.”
Sounds confusing, I know, but it makes some sense as well. Zander Olsen’s Tree, Line is another example of some fine photography. His work reminds me a bit of Rune Guneriussen’s photography project where he shot scenes in nature that he has filled with some common man-made objects, like books and telephones.
Zander didn’t arrange for any objects to be arranged in the scenes where he took his shots. Rather, he just took some white linen and wrapped some tree trunks to create some amazing optical illusions in the process.
Zander describes his work as follows:
This is an ongoing series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest. These works, carried out in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales,involve site specific interventions in the landscape, ‘wrapping’ trees with white material to construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.