Tree Crowns: Photos by Christoph Franke
Fascinating photos of tree crowns turned upside down on purpose to resemble roots or illustrations of the human lung you see in medical books. For Christoph, the trees "represent the connection between energy (air, light) and the material world (soil, earth)."
Each time I am working on the tree crowns, I spend about 20 minutes taking numerous single frames to be assembled later. Through this intimate “face-to-face” with the tree, I want to capture the primordial energy of this ancient living being for my photograph. At the same time, I pay great attention to every detail, which further enhances the encounter. I opted to position the treetops upside down in the final work – just as they are projected onto our retina initially. Reversed in that way, the images remind me of roots, medicinal illustrations of a human lung, a family tree or a symbolic “tree of life”, as they appear in ancient traditional weavings.Christoph Franke is a photographer based in Germany.