Oak Tree

PhotographerNathan Wirth
Prize3rd Place in Nature / Trees
Entry Description

Infrared Panoramas of a solitary oak tree whose wide-reaching branches extend like arms stretching into and away from the ever-present light.

About Photographer

Nathan Wirth, a native San Franciscan, is a self learned photographer who uses a variety of techniques-- including long exposure, infrared and intentional camera movement-- to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence. Wirth, who earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature from San Francisco State University, brings a deep appreciation of poetry to his explorations of place (especially the sea). Poets such as George Oppen, James Schuyler, Seamus Heaney, Lorine Niedecker, Elizabeth Bishop, William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, and George Mackay Brown have played a fundamental role in shaping his attention to the things and places that he photographs. Often returning to the same locations many times, Wirth seeks to explore the silence and the sublimity of those places. Wirth makes his living teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.