All Photos - Brad Lee Dale North

The Boardman Ballad

It's apparent that the hand of man is very much in play when seeing the Boardman Tree Farm. 25,000 acres of systematically planted and maintained trees line the grounds, each tree being very similar to the next. This can be visually disorienting when driving down the rows and rows and seeing this weird three point perspective play tricks on your mind. At the same time, the sheer scale and grandeur of this place is astounding. Having spent an entire day, from sunup to sundown, we were able to witness so many changes to the landscape as the light shifted - a welcome surprise in such a static location. I ran down a mental check list of images I was hoping to capture because you can find yourself shooting much of the same thing over and over again.

In an attempt to actually create more visual chaos in a place that was so very ordered, it simply takes a shift in perspective. Standing at an angle without a clear cut path or row in your sights, begins to gather the trees together in a sort of jumbled mess that when shot with a telephoto lens, compresses the scene into a rhythmic pattern. I placed a younger tree in the image to fragment the pattern and to provide a reference point. Although man has greatly affected this landscape, nature still knows who’s boss.

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