Echo Chamber


This is the third in the “mini-series” of close-ups (Beyond, depicting an ancient oak tree, was the first, followed by Coalesce, which showed an ancient sweet chestnut). This tree isn’t ancient (but it probably got to a decent age for its species, which I think is hornbeam). It isn’t even alive. It’s just a stump, largely stripped of its bark.

But it’s got that sculptured look that hornbeam have, and I liked the repetition (echo) of the columnar trunk. The low angle and cropped format of my view give the picture a certain pleasing ambiguity. The colours I have used are loosely based on reality and influenced by the inks that I had to hand.

Echo chamber, ink on kaolin-coated board, 14″ x 11″