Dimensions 90 × 60 × 45 cm
Title Tenacity: A lesser tree might have fallen
Background Frosted film
Lighting Chihiros Vivid 2, 8 hr photo period
Filtration Oase Biomaster 850 Thermo
Plants Helianthus Callitrichoides ‘Cuba’
Helanthium tenellum ‘green’
Micranthemum tweed ‘Monte Carlo’
Rotala Indica ‘Bonsai’
Anubias nana petite
Anubias Gracilis nana
Animals 30 x Paracheirodon simulans
10 x Paracheirodon innesi
3 x Carinotetraodon travancoricus
10 x Caridina Multidenta
Materials Manzanita Wood, El Jefe Stone
When I explore nature, the scene that continually grabs me is one of a tree that has endured a trauma that threatens its existence, yet continues to finds a way to survive. In many cases the tree is partially uprooted, left with only one “foot” on the ground. A tree like this one, is the hero of this story.
The tree defies gravity thanks to the stubborn roots dug into a seemingly insecure sandy substrate. Large parts of the root structure are suspended in air adding to the tension. There is air between the weight of the stump and the ground. The tree also serves as a picture frame to the rest of the story where fallen serpentine tree branches in the background provide a beautiful contrast to stubbornly resolute hero of this story.
While the tree is the hero, the real story is its resilience and determination to continue reaching toward the light with all of its might.