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Uprooted trees in a sunlit misty spring forest. Probably my second favourite image of al time. Photographed as a part of my roots project, which was not like many thought a response to the finding of the location where Van Gogh painted the tree roots in his last painting, but rather it was an unconscious response to the loss of my two parents, mee trying to get back on my feet, trying to reconnect to my roots. I photographed to find magic again, which has been the driving force of my life. I had a grandmother who taught me to look for the magic of nature, almost like a second reality and all my life this has been my lifeline. This morning was one I will never forget, or at least I hope I won't. It was the first time I went outside in months and this is what nature provided me with. How can one not believe in the magical side of reality when witnessing this light, these survivors on their roots, the colours of spring and a hint of fog? The title of the image "The Wanderers" comes from a quote which says; "Not al those who wander are lost"
This artworks is offered by Ellen Borggreve
Ellen Borggreve is a landscape photographer and author of Woodscapes and Praxisbuch Wälder fotografieren, among others. She was born and raised in the woods of the Veluwe where her love for trees originated. Besides forests she also likes to photograph Dutch coastal scenes.
The focus is on tranquil scenes that seem to lie outside everyday reality, without people in the picture, with subjects that are about to disappear often being the subject. The fleeting patterns in the sand, but especially old forest giants that are disappearing at breakneck speed due to climate change.
Ellen is an awarded photographer at 1x and was named one of the world's best landscape photographers by Photoblog in 2019. Her work has been published in books, Nature Photography Magazine, Focus, Landscape Photography Magazine, On Landscape and many other publications. She shares her knowledge gained during her long career as a soft sculpture artist and designer combined with over 40 years of experience in photography in the many articles she writes for Landscape Photography Magazine and also her own blog. She also enjoys teaching where she puts the individual vision of photographers first.