• mahabis photoessay // graham brown on andy goldsworthy`s spire

at first sight, spire stirs up images of the type of natural phenomenon that have inspired architects to reach for the skies for hundreds of years. but these steeples are actually man-made from fallen wood, and rethought by british natural artist andy goldsworthy. it's a case of art imitating nature imitating art.

we love graham brown's recent black and white photographs based on spire. while andy goldsworthy may have had a global spin on the projects, graham brown is a local resident with a more intimate one. he was born in japan but moved to california as a child.

his images capture a sense of stillness, simplicity and grandeur. in this series, the pointed, towering sculptures appear like eastern etchings, yet keeping the weight of sturdy timber.

spire was created in 2012 on a piece of land at presidio, on the outskirts of san francisco, but its roots go back further and deeper. the piece of land was previously beaten by wind and considered unfit for human use, until the late 19th century, when the us army began to plant trees as a kind of wind break.

this gives the landscape its own kind of mystic. in brown's photo, the shape and lines of both the trees and the sculptures are reminiscent of some of the world's most ancient rock landscapes, yet they are completely man-made, with no other purposes than to be admired.

in the light of dusk or dawn and the thriving undergrowth in the background, the sculpture made of several logs has the exaggerated form of the trees in the foreground.

the current trees may only have another twenty years of good health left before they begin to die (or, more likely, are chopped down). in turn, the sculptures of spire will decay and disintegrate, which makes brown's black and white photographs even more thought-provoking. after all, photography is all about capturing unique moments in time that can never be repeated.

graham brown usually uses his talent to shoot interiors, food and beverage campaigns. his portfolio includes sony, pilsbury, target, nestle and organic valley. click here for more and click on the photos above to see the series on behance.

also check out goldsworthy's other work in presidio, tree line (2008) and tree fall (2011).

 

 

 

mahabis photoessay // graham brown on andy goldsworthy`s spire

at first sight, spire stirs up images of the type of natural phenomenon that have inspired architects to reach for the skies for hundreds of years. but these steeples are actually man-made from fallen wood, and rethought by british natural artist andy goldsworthy. it's a case of art imitating nature imitating art.

we love graham brown's recent black and white photographs based on spire. while andy goldsworthy may have had a global spin on the projects, graham brown is a local resident with a more intimate one. he was born in japan but moved to california as a child.

his images capture a sense of stillness, simplicity and grandeur. in this series, the pointed, towering sculptures appear like eastern etchings, yet keeping the weight of sturdy timber.

spire was created in 2012 on a piece of land at presidio, on the outskirts of san francisco, but its roots go back further and deeper. the piece of land was previously beaten by wind and considered unfit for human use, until the late 19th century, when the us army began to plant trees as a kind of wind break.

this gives the landscape its own kind of mystic. in brown's photo, the shape and lines of both the trees and the sculptures are reminiscent of some of the world's most ancient rock landscapes, yet they are completely man-made, with no other purposes than to be admired.

in the light of dusk or dawn and the thriving undergrowth in the background, the sculpture made of several logs has the exaggerated form of the trees in the foreground.

the current trees may only have another twenty years of good health left before they begin to die (or, more likely, are chopped down). in turn, the sculptures of spire will decay and disintegrate, which makes brown's black and white photographs even more thought-provoking. after all, photography is all about capturing unique moments in time that can never be repeated.

graham brown usually uses his talent to shoot interiors, food and beverage campaigns. his portfolio includes sony, pilsbury, target, nestle and organic valley. click here for more and click on the photos above to see the series on behance.

also check out goldsworthy's other work in presidio, tree line (2008) and tree fall (2011).

 

 

 

  • Ailis Anderson
  • andy goldsworthy,  black and white photography,  british natural artist,  graham brown,  natural art,  outdoor art,  presidio california,  spire,  wood sculpture
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