Birch Branches is a composite photograph by Moose Lake photographer, Craig Blacklock. Using computer-aided digital processing and state-of-the-art CNC manufacturing, the work was rendered into a three-dimensional image that reflects finely controlled values of light. For the viewer, this creates the ability to perceive photo-realistic imagery. According to Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine, five species of birch are native to Minnesota. All can be told apart by their bark and leaf shape. The most common is the iconic paper birch (Betula papyrifera), but the largest and most majestic is the yellow birch. In Minnesota, it can grow to nearly 100 feet in height and have a trunk 4 feet in diameter.

About the artist:

Specializing in photographing Lake Superior and the interface of land and water, Craig Blacklock is one of the country’s most distinguished nature photographers. Internationally renowned for his inspiring landscapes, nudes, and technical virtuosity. Photographer/author of eighteen books, Craig has been featured in photography magazines such as American Photo, Fine Art Photo, and Outdoor Photographer. His original prints are in museums, private collections, and health care facilities throughout the U.S. Craig’s background in over 30 years of working in large format, shows in his digital images, with precise, exquisite compositions and hyper-real clarity. Craig has taught photography workshops since 1982, providing guidance in the capture, editing, and printing to thousands of aspiring photographers across the country.

  • Subject Matter: Composite photograph of birch branches, leaves, and sky
  • Created: May 09, 2019
  • Current Location: MSP Terminal 1, East Departures
  • Collections: Installations
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