Nature as Abstract Art

Late afternoon light warms clouds in Tonasket, WA. Photo by: AJ Chavar
Dew rests on broad leaves. Photo by: AJ Chavar
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In addition to writing, photographing, and videotaping stories here in Washington, we're also trying to make a wide array of statistics and other "dry" data as interesting visually as it is cerebrally.

To that end, Dave Miller and I are working together on a series of natural environment infographics; combining graphically composed still images with graph and text data in a way that makes sense on a visual and emotional level.

Above are two images from a series we have so far. This assignment is very challenging to work on, because it is hard to shoot "nature shots" that also convey emotion, but so far I am giving it my best shot. 

What do these say to you?