Curled Up


I made this photograph in the middle of a wet summer on Ivinghoe Common, one of the wilder parts of Ashridge Forest.

I was initially attracted to the area by the way a number of silver birches in this copse interacted with each other. As much as I tried, I could not make a composition work. It was wet and there were no signs of the weather clearing, but I carried on. Many of my favourite photos are made in poor weather conditions.

While searching for a composition of the still-standing trees, this silver birch trunk caught my eye. On closer inspection, I discovered some amazing shapes in the bark as the trunk had rotted and the bark had started peeling away.

I settled on this image, using a range of camera movements to stretch and compress different parts of the image to eliminate distracting elements and enhance the curls.

It was made on Fuji Velvia 50 with my standard Fujinon A 180mm f/9 lens.

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Additional information


Limited edition of 50; a minimum of 45 standard prints, and up to 5 large format (>36 x 29in) special edition prints

Size(s) Available

11x14in, 16x20in


Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm


Ashridge Forest, Chiltern Hills