Daniel Sroka creates abstract, dream-like images out of the simple elements of nature, such as leaves, sticks, flowers, and seeds. He finds most of his subjects as he walks through the parks and gardens near his home, collecting the sticks and leaves that have fallen to the ground. In his hands, these overlooked natural objects reveal their complexity and subtlety:
"As a sculptor's chisel is guided by the veins of a stone, I let the unique characteristics of each natural object guide my hand and eye, allowing me to uncover patterns and forms hidden deep within the raw material."
The resulting photographs become sculptures of light, texture, and dimension that celebrate the physical and spiritual grace found within the simplest elements of nature.
Old Tree (#61)
This is a broken and dried stick, which I photographed so that it appears to be a gnarled old tree on a barren mountain-side. Keywords: twig, compelling, landscapes, horizontal, neutral, texture, representational.