Rain Puddle Trees and Gasoline Rainbow Portraits

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Some people are obsessed with trees, like photographer Ingrid Nelson, who has a “compulsive inclination” for serial branch photography. There are surreal little windows in her new series Pavement Trees ; square-framed and paired in diptychs, these trees take on a new element when reflected in concrete parking lot puddles. Bare branches shatter and blur. Skies darken. Gasoline run-off turns into swirling, psychedelic clouds. The photographer started shooting her series last summer, explaining, “I am fascinated how my two worlds seem to magically intersect and become one dimensional galaxies.” See her collection of “accidental worlds” before spring comes and dries up the portals.

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Courtesy Ingrid Nelson

Dry Pavement Trees update! Courtesy Ingrid Nelson