Evolution of a bonsai: Progression Photos
In this series of photographs I aim to show the progress of a plant on its way to becoming a bonsai. Some of the trees are ordinary plants and some have been grown with the belief that they were bonsai. All of these plants were converted into bonsai, some in a matter of a few months, others over a few years. Although most of these trees are not perfect specimens, they do present a pictorial journey which serve as a record of how a particular bonsai came to be what it is at a particular time. Of course, further training of these bonsai continues, the photos show the transition from an ordinary plant to a plant with a definite goal of representing a big tree in miniature. To some the trees may serve as inspirations and to some they may provide signals of what not to do and for some others they may evoke the memories of the progression of trees they themselves have trained.
Let me make it clear that I do not claim to have found the only way to train the particular tree I have shown in the progression; there may be other solutions, that I acknowledge. Where possible rules and basic concepts have been adhered to. Concept, interpretation and design may not be unique, but they are my own and I confess, give me immense creative pleasure.
I hope you too enjoy the progression of these trees.
Progression Photos: Ficus L. Island
Progression Photos: Jade