Monday, May 20, 2013

Mark Hirsch's Tree - 365 Days Project

Burr Oak, Platteville, WI, by Mark Hirsch
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Photographer Mark Hirsch took on the challenge of shooting an image of a single tree, every day, for a year - with his iPhone. He posted his images on facebook, and they became extremely popular. Every day from March 24, 2012 - 2013, Mark trudged to the tree, regardless of weather, mood, or anything else.
Mark reports that this has taught him to slow down, to be "contemplative" in his photography.
(Click Here) to read about his project on the Denver post blog.
His project meant a lot of different things to different people. He reports how viewers associated specific pictures with what happened in their lives on that particular day.
Over 300 people showed up on-site for his final picture of the project.
Mark is now producing a book of all of the images.
I once thought of an extremely similar project - shooting a cypress tree near where I lived in Tampa, Florida. Of course, thinking and doing are two different things. And, Mark's tree got a lot wider range of weather than my cypress would have.
In any case, I can identify with this project. It's extremely well-done.