Photographic stories: "Iñaki Bolumburu - The Dancing Tree"
the photographic story of March is by a very good photographer that I was able to appreciate thanks to Instagram. Inaki is a photographer from the Basque Country, a lover of his homeland that he photographs with great creativity and originality. I feel very close to the photographic vision of territorial photographers, which is why I am happy to have photographer Iñaki Bolumburu as a guest this month.
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I came to photography from drawing, looking for something "more immediate" to portray the landscapes I saw. The truth is that I couldn't have been more wrong and, over the years, what began as a curiosity and hobby has taken up a large part of my free time until it has become something more.
The Basque Country, where I live, is a privileged region for landscape and nature photography, with a great variety of ecosystems and different locations in a relatively small space. Over the years, and thanks to photography, I have been able to get to know them better and I have learned to look at them in a different way.
2020 has been a tragic year in many ways. The disease and its tragic consequences, as well as the measures implemented to deal with it, have disrupted our lives. In such a harsh and complicated context, photography takes second or third place, no doubt. However, escaping to Nature from time to time has been an escape route to alleviate this burden in some way.
In my case, municipal mobility restrictions began to generate significant frustration. However, I decided to turn the situation around and try to ensure that this limitation of movement would help me to look at the nature that was closest to me with different eyes.
This is the case of this picture.
That morning the snowstorm was lashing the Entzia mountain range, next to where I live, and it was a good opportunity to walk through the forest with the new snow. I have been there hundreds of times. In that forest is where I started to look through a camera and where I escape to when I need some air. However, it was that day when I first beheld that dance.
Shaped by the winds that whip the north face of the sierra, a beech tree dances in sinuous forms before us, oblivious to our gaze and to what is going on around us. The freshly fallen snow insulates it from the elements and the wind makes it white.
Caught by those curves, I dedicated a small reportage to the dancer and admired her. I returned home thinking about how many times I had passed by and had not seen this dance and the fact that, no matter how many times we have enjoyed a location, it always offers something new. That new look is up to us.
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