These five photographs represent a sampling of the iPhone 4s no filter images made by Mark Hirsch for his year-long book project That Tree. While recovering from a near fatal car accident in 2012, Hirsch was inspired by a friend to use the camera in his iPhone 4S to document a year-long photo-a-day project focusing on an old bur oak tree. Hirsch embraced the challenge resulting in a transformative experience of healing, self-discovery, inspiration, and enlightenment.
I make pictures. Some for a living, others for personal reward. If either of the outcomes allow me to pay my bills and make more visuals, I am successful. My style and vision as a photographer are shaped by my perspectives and interpretations of light. Whether shooting with my SLR cameras or my iPhone, I strive to capture visuals that challenge my own expectations. If those visual records inspire and move viewers of my work as well, then I have succeeded in moving someone else. To generate a considered reflection is to move others to act or react. Both good things. I began my career as a photojournalist. Through the loss of my traditional job as a newspaper visuals editor, I was thrust into a realm of discovery by embracing photography as an editorial tool but also a means of artistic expression. That exploration of mediums allowed me to realize how fortunate I am to have an ability to translate what I see into visual records of my world through photography. I am a lucky man!