Autumn expresses transition in the cycle of the seasons and of life. In this image, the structure of the gnarled and somewhat battered tree reflects the complex journey and directional changes which life often involves. The strong back lighting, illuminating the tree and its leaves, gives a positive sense of warmth and energy. The tree itself has begun to drop leaves and many, if not most, of its apples lie on the ground, suggesting the beginning of the tree's own transition towards winter. The overturned basket, perhaps soon to be filled with apples, hints at the possibility and fullness of the seasons, even in the face of approaching winter.

Scott Mead


Autumn is from the series 'Looking Back', see a further selection of images here.