About the Book
These are fairly straight-up photographs of tree bark, burs, knotholes and roots. Each image was made from parts of trees that are easily seen from ground level. There is one thing that all of these images have in common: The arboreal elements featured in each image have been replicated, as a mirror image, and then joined back onto itself.
The application of this mirror technique gives each image a kind of symmetry that is usually associated with animals, not trees. This mirror-image symmetry also provides a unique kind of crossover between animal and vegetable and often creates the illusion of strange creatures lurking, motionless, in the wood grain. Even more unusual features are revealed in the details of the seam where the mirror images are joined. All of this imagery is naturally abstract and, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Dominic Sondy has spent most of his career behind the lens capturing events, locations, people and a variety of subjects. Vintage Image has been digital for several years using the professional-standard camera and ancillary equipment. Dominic is also well versed in Adobe Photoshop. This technical combination produces powerful results for clients. His background includes Chief Photographer with one of the nation’s most respected tradeshow photography companies, Chicago Tribune advertising sales and a Correspondent in the U.S. Army. Digital Illustration is a detail-oriented process requiring skill and patience. It is not a Photoshop filter or some kind of computer plug-in. The techniques and tools used to create a digital illustration are similar to those used to make an illustration with pen and ink. Vintage Image Digital Illustration & Photography specializes in one-of-a-kind Great Lakes Maritime images.