This image took me by surprise because it's completely different from what I usually look for and shoot. By the end of winter, there were few days of heavy snowfall, which were followed by one or two days of moderate weather. No direct sunlight, but now additional snowfalls either.
That day I went to one of the places in the Izera Mountains, to try another take on one of the interesting trees I've found a few days earlier. I wanted to see how it would look covered with all that snow. As I arrived at the small parking and started a short hike to the tree, I was the first person in the last few days to go there. I waded through the knee-high snow to the position I remembered from the last trip, leaving first footprints that day. I tried a few different compositions of the mentioned tree, but none was very interesting in my opinion. The light was pretty flat that day giving next to no shadows and texture in the tree branches.
It was on this last spot when I started looking around and saw few patches of small twigs, all covered in the sticky snow, looking like willow catkins.
Usually, when I'm out and shooting, my mind starts to look for known shapes and patterns, trying to figure out "what else looks like this"? That makes me see different shapes - faces, bones and skulls, ships, letters, animals - all the time. That day my subconscious mind had to take control, as I was driven to that particular spot more than to the others for no particular reason. After a few test shots and adjustments, I was satisfied enough to take it home and throw it onto my computer screen.
It then hit me right in the face - twigs were forming letters: INNI. While for non-polish speakers that could look just like an interesting symmetrical pattern, it also has deeper meaning in Polish. Different or Others. It has some meta meaning for me, as intimate, almost abstract landscapes are not something I'm usually driven to. It's different from all my other works. I hope you will enjoy contemplating it as much as I did making it.
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