One of the unusual things about taking the portals pictures is that I am often looking for an image to complete. So I look for quirky shapes that can be combined into something intriguing, different and provocative. Fortunately for me there are plenty of trees in and around Grahamstown with strange forms which provide me with great material – especially at sunset when the light is changing rapidly.
There’s a hook at the top of the trunk of this leaning tree, with slanted bands of clouds behind. When I cropped through the hooked tree and copied, flipped and joined I got the following two images.
The shapes of the clouds now focus your eyes on the strange silhouette in the centre of the image. One of these will go into the Portals Exhibition but I haven’t been able to make my mind up which it will be.