Recently I saw this painting (Right) by Asher Durand, a 19th century landscape painter. It was part of a series of he created called “Sketch In The Woods.” This painting shows a quiet forest scene. There are no grand mountains or roaring rivers, only trees portrayed naturally. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.
This painting inspired the photograph above that I made on the Batona Trail in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. If it wasn’t for that painting I may have walked right by this place. Instead, I stopped to admire and photograph the play of light and color of a late summer morning as it filtered through the random pattern of trees and tall foliage.
Art often reaches across time and space. In this case, an artist found the simple beauty of a New York forest 159 years ago. That painting inspired the creation of a photograph made in 2013 along a sandy trail in the New Jersey Pinelands. Enjoy.