Tim's Travels: That Tree

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A local photographer is taking on a project that is a year in the making. Mark Hirsch is taking a picture of the same object every day for one full year. And he's using his iPhone to turn a simple shot into something pretty special.

For mark Hirsch, the light has to be just right.

“Oh this is prefect!” he says as the sun shrines through the clouds.

Hirsch is capturing an image a day. It's a year in the life of that tree.

“Man, I wish that sun would break out again

“That tree” is a lonely old Oak hanging out in the middle of a corn field near Platteville.

“I've been driving past this tree for years and I've never once taken a picture of it I've always admired it,”

The project all started last March when a friend suggested he use his iPhone camera more often.

“She sent me a note something along the lines of “you got the iPhone isn't the camera great?” and I said back seriously?” he laughs.

After taking a few images, Mark was sold.

“You gotta be kidding me I couldn't believe how good they looked,”

He's been taking pictures all his life. He was a photojournalist in the newspaper business for years and now, he freelances. Every image has something to do with that tree and every image, he tries to change things up.

“I remember down here one day I had 205 days to go and I was having a bear of a time coming up with a picture that day and I thought how am I going to make it 205 more days,”

Today is day 233 and he's getting a ground-level shot through the downed cornfield.

oh this is looking nice

“I'm pretty happy with what I'm seeing here guys, I'm going to settle for the image I've got,”

Even his best bud Magnum (his dog) comes along for the project. You can catch Mark and Magnum out there everyday proving that all you need is a simple tool and some inspiration to create art.

“It's not the camera it's the eyes and the mind behind it,”

Check out Mark's work on Facebook! Just search “That Tree”. Mark is also working on packaging and designing a book called “A Year in the Life of That Tree”. He hopes to release it sometime next year


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