These trees that stand alone in the Eastern Shore fields are perfect candidates for Tintype portraiture. I used the same wooden 8 X 10 Camera and 1864 Voightlander Petzval portrait lens as I did for the Indian portraits in “Catching Shadows”


The exposures would be about 20 seconds.  Inevitably, the leaves would catch a little breeze although, to me, the mornings would seem completely still. The blur of the moving leaves contrast with the upright, stillness of the trunk.


If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.


   Rainier Maria Rilke