Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

November 23, 2010

Each Moment is a Chance to Die, A Chance to Renew

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Tags: , , , , , , , — Laurent @ 12:32 pm

Young Aspens in the Kaibab National Forest

As I drove through dirt roads of the Kaibab National Forest and saw how much had been burned, much like the Santa Catalinas near where I live, I was filled with a sadness – life was destroyed.  And yet, in a microcosmic way, we are constantly dying and being reborn.  Each breath we take, our bodies tear down and rebuild.  Each moment, thought pass through our mind and are gone.  Just as the forest was renewing with these young saplings, life goes on.  Life is hard, but it moves on.  Stasis is never good. We hurt more when we hold on to that which was.

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October 20, 2010

The Little Guy

Aspen, Populus Tremuloides, Kaibab National Forest

I’ve also been fascinated with the patterns that blue fir’s make with their needles. I constantly try to seek out “rhythms” in these blue fir waves, so to speak, and here I found them to be a nice backdrop for this young aspen sapling.

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June 22, 2010

Entwined Boles

Flagstaff, Arizona, Coconino National Forest

A pair of aspen boles on the west side of the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. This is a new scan for a print that will be 16×20″.  Be sure to back up your work. I lost all my files when my hard drive crashed several months ago.  Ironically, I was about to back everything up onto another hard drive when it did crash. It sucks to have to re-create it all.  And, in fact, you will never re-create something.  A re-work is always a re-interpretation which means, if you lose your digital files, you lose your interpretation.

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June 16, 2010

Just Leaves

Fall colors, San Juans, Colorado

I guess it’s been a while since I’ve made a post.  I could say I’ve been busy. I’d be lying.  I’ve just been unmotivated. Why?  Leg injury and a windy desert.  I get tired of the wind and I get tired of it blowing all the freaking time, which it seems like it does here in Tucson.  I have another excuse.  My scanner broke.  It’s hard to get motivated to go make images when you can’t share them.  At least, it’s hard for me.  I like to share.  I like to show people the beauty of the earth – at least, I like to show it the way I see it.  So my scanner’s been broke, I got a bum hamstring, and it’s been freaking windy.

Well, I got the scanner fixed, my leg is getting better, the wind hasn’t died, but I made a scan and decided it’s time to get going again.  This image is from last fall. I was wandering around the San Juans on a lovely cool morning and this warm light was filtering through the aspen leaves and softly lighting this patch on the ground.  I was completely captivated.

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October 13, 2009

Standing on the Edge (of Aspens)

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 9:36 pm

 

Aspen Stand, Colorado

Aspen Stand, Colorado

 

This is one of the first stands of aspen we found on our trip.  We’d driven up the Dolores river to Telluride and on a recommendation from Jimmy Gekas, we headed up last dollar road.  We found a few lovely stands of aspen, one just shy of turning completely yellow, the rest as you see here. We were enthralled.  For this image, I wanted to give the feeling of being right at the edge and feeling the bath of light as the sun filtered through the yellow leaves.

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September 26, 2009

In Quest of Aspen

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 10:42 am

 

Aspen Sun Burst

Aspen Sun Burst

 

I’m off for a week to Colorado, and then the white mountains of Arizona for a few days after that to see if I have any luck finding aspen leaves turning golden yellow as in this image of populus tremuloides that I made in Lockett Meadow near Flagstaff, AZ.  I love trees, I love fall.  I’m tired of being hot, and I’m ready to shiver through the winter.

Making an image like this requires a bit of luck when using a view camera.  You have to predict where the sun is going to be when you fire the shutter.  Unlike most cameras, you can fairly see what’s happening when you pull the trigger.  I used a wide angle lens and a small aperture and simply guessed (well, I knew the sun would be behind the trees!) at when the right time for a  good sunburst would be.  This time, I guessed right!

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October 24, 2008

Fall in the Pinalenos

Aspens and Firs, Pinalenos

Aspens and Firs, Pinalenos

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