Happy New Year! Here’s to Creative Work

Happy New Year, everyone! Darwin and I are opening the New Year with some intensive creative work. Carrying on our Creative Sabbatical (although now as house sitters we are Artists in Your Residence!), we have prioritized our time around some personal growth and personal art projects. We’ll share some results on the blog from time to time. Next week Darwin will tell you about a project he’s excited about, but as for me…along with finishing my Pressed Landscapes project, I am also working on a series of tree portraits.

Aspen trees, Kooteny Plains, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Those who follow my work know I have a soft spot for photographing trees and grasses. In fact, on our recent trip to Antarctica, surrounded by penguins and seals, not even a scraggly twig in sight, I found myself missing my usual subject matter. While I enjoyed the wildlife and glaciated mountains, I wasn’t moved to photograph much. To each her own, I guess!

Aspen trees, Kooteny Plains, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

My goal for this tree project is hopefully to convey something about the nature of these plants that manage to survive and even at times thrive in often challenging environments. I hope to avoid anthropomorphizing (if that can be applied to plants) too much but capture the forces of the world in the bodies of the trees.

Lodgepole pine, Abraham Lake, Kootenay Plains, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Oh, and my New Year’s Resolution is to get in shape, of course. 🙂

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Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!

3 Comments

  1. Luc Lemieux
    January 4, 2015

    Hi Samantha.

    I cannot wait to see your work on trees. I too have a soft spot for trees. I see a tree as what it is; a living organism able to adapt to its surroundings and coexist with other living organism. A tree is so much more than just timber. Have a super 2015!!

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  2. Jane Chesebrough
    January 4, 2015

    Samantha, trees just touch my soul, so I enjoy your studies of them. All the best in the new year to you and Darwin.

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  3. Dave Williamson
    January 5, 2015

    Happy New Year to you and Darwin! I wish the very best for you both in 2015 and enjoy your Creative Projects.

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