When the Forest Stirs, Yosemite
Original photograph signed and numbered by Charlotte Gibb
Archival pigment photograph
Mounted and overmatted with 4-ply archival museum board
Multiple sizes available (See Print Size Information)
About the Artist
Charlotte Gibb is an award-winning and renowned nature and landscape photographer based in Northern California. She is known for her mastery of "Intimate Landscapes" — small scenes derived from a large landscape.
The youngest of nine, she spent her early life playing and exploring the rural Northern California mountain area of her childhood home. Her father, an avid mountain climber and nature lover, made sure his kids shared his passion for the outdoors. After his death in a climbing accident, her mother continued to encourage an attachment to nature, ensuring that family vacations were spent outdoors camping, hiking, and exploring.
Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She cut her teeth in the advertising business as an art director in the 1990s, then operated her own graphic design firm in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. Throughout her long career as an artist, her photography was constantly infused in her design work. Her darkroom has since been replaced with digital darkroom tools, and her style has evolved from a somewhat journalistic approach, to one that pays tribute to the natural world.
Charlotte writes and publishes on the subject of photography and creativity, has been a keynote speaker and educator for several national photography events, served as a judge for international and local photography competitions, and exhibits her work throughout California.
She can usually be found tromping with her camera bag in the wilderness areas around the Sierra Nevada range and Yosemite National Park in her home state.
Story Behind the Image
I love Springtime in Yosemite. As the snow melts in the high country, down in the valley waterfalls gush with misty rainbows, rivers roar, and meadows transform into reflective shallow lakes. Best of all, sleeping Pacific Dogwood trees burst open with cheerful, white flowers.
This graceful understory tree only thrives in a few areas around Yosemite. They are particular about where they plant their feet. Not too much sun, and not too much shade. Not too much water, and not too dry. They are Goldilocks trees. When they are happy, the Dogwood can grow quite tall.
This single Dogwood was a very large, mature tree, and it was covered with flowers. In the fading evening light, I watched its long, lateral branches with delicate white blossoms moving gracefully in the wind, like hundreds of dancing miniature ballerinas.
Rather than trying to freeze the motion, I decided to use a long exposure to express the movement of the flowers in the breeze. I made dozens of frames, each one slightly different, until it was completely dark. Even then, the white blossoms shone like lights in the night.
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