The free-standing, somewhat strange deadwood on the left is both intriguing and disturbing. On balance, I think it’s a genuine eye-catcher that adds interest to the planting, even though the main tree would be excellent by itself. The original shot included a stand that seemed too large and distracting, so I cropped it out. Base-of-the-trunk level shots are usually the best way to photograph bonsai, but if they slip down just a little lower, they can over-emphasis stands and pots. The full photo with the stand is below, so you can be the judge.
Robert is at it again
The photos are posted on Robert Steven’s facebook page. They’re from the Malaysia Bonsai & Stone International Exhibition 2012. Robert was a featured bonsai artist and judge and though I don’t know how the judging went, the result of his demo was excellent. We’ll feature it and some more photos from the Exhibition soon. Meanwhile you can check it out for yourself.
Artist, teacher, author and friend to countless people
I just went through some of Robert Steven’s facebook pages and was astounded at how many birthday greetings he got. It seems that Robert has hundreds, if not thousands, of devoted friends and students. Which reminds me; Happy Birthday Robert! (just a little late…).
I can see why this photo is shot from below the base of the trunk; it provides a good look at the movement inside the tree, which is a net plus, even though the pot seems a little outsized from this angle.