The latest issue of Square Magazine features a collection of photographs by Olivier Du Tré. The series is called Volts and consists of 9 black and white images of utility poles. The subject matter is so ubiquitous, so common that we hardly notice them as we stroll through our neighbourhoods or travel along our highways. Olivier not only reminds us of their existence, he portrays the columns in this series as works of art.
I took this photograph in an aspen forest west of Calgary, Alberta. The phrase “can’t see the forest for the trees” comes to mind as I try to recall what drew me to this particular tree in the middle of a boreal forest.
I remember noticing the bark first. Peeling away like an open wound. I remember thinking its armor was being removed.
We tend to ignore the ubiquitous and often take such things for granted. Trees, utility poles, people.
There is beauty to be found in the things we perceive as common. Sometimes we just need to be reminded. Sometimes we just need to be shown.
Silver gelatin print
Hasselblad 80mm f2.8 lens
Ilford HP5, ISO 400