Winter Trees

Feb 12th, 2008 | Posted by Dimchevski in Cool Stuff, Personal, Inspiration, Photography

The Good Taste

The Ambition

The Passion

The Doubt

The Sensibility

The Wisdom

Winter Trees by Svilen Dimchevski

During the weekend I was thinking about winter and the way it expresses itself. Based on our experiences we easily identify lots of its characteristics - frosty trees, overcast skies, low temperatures, snowfalls, etc. These are all repeating patterns that are specific to winter and that help us distinguish it from the other seasons. They are never exactly the same but similar enough for us to identify them.

Let’s think of a winter tree. As so many other things in our world it’s a working symbol, it’s a pattern that we see and apply to understand and get to know something else. Nature repeats its forms in fascinating ways but it’s the observer who makes it real. It’s our mind that creates reality and gives character and meaning to the world around us.

How do you perceive these magical shapes hidden in tangerines’ skin? Are they frosty trees? Do they grow on isles sliding on top of frozen lakes? Do they have characters?

Drop me a line. I'm eager to know :)

Update: Prints available on deviantART !

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35 comments so far

1jammie | Feb 13th, 2008 at 10:27 am

wow!!! amazing stuff!!! the good taste is surely my number 1!

2piccola | Feb 13th, 2008 at 11:08 am

beauty lies in ordinary things, but not many people have the eyes to see them, the imagination to create them, and the mind to perceive them.

it is magic, when you are able to feel the spontaneous emotions created by the shapes of the tangerines’ skin.

winter - draws and paints using our imagination.

3N. Kolev | Feb 13th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

True masterpiece!!! Just amazing......

4Tom | Feb 13th, 2008 at 05:26 pm

what a beautiful collection! great concept and realization! congrats

5fernandost8 | Feb 14th, 2008 at 03:54 pm

No words....... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much poetry in these photos!

6Suse T | Feb 14th, 2008 at 03:55 pm

Very beautiful work... love it!

7sitemap | Feb 14th, 2008 at 04:26 pm

Браво Свилене!!!!!!
Много идейно. Ще чакам и нещо с пролетни мотиви :)

8Марио Иванов | Feb 14th, 2008 at 05:12 pm

Много яко!!! Идеята и изпълнението са перфектни!!!
Браво!!! МНОГО ДОБЪР!!! :)

9Mom o Monti | Feb 15th, 2008 at 01:23 pm

That's pretty awesome! Do you offer high res or print? I want to buy!

10Iwan | Feb 19th, 2008 at 11:04 am

I think you’re an acute observer. Amazing.

11macsterdam | Mar 30th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Extremely beautiful, that's all I can say. Thank you very much for sharing this!

12P MacGillivray | Mar 30th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

I do like your observations about tangerines. Oranges and their kin are my favorite fruit with Christmas clementines and navel oranges at the top of my list.

It's a whole process to eat one, taking care to peel it in one, lone piece. Then you have to remove most of the pith but only if it's bothersome.

Then you have the peel, bending and flexing to express all the wonderful fragrant oils, scenting your surroundings. Then at last you get to eat the individual sections ingesting sunshine with every bite.

13Benji | Mar 31st, 2008 at 05:10 am

beautiful, inspiring! :)

14iris | Mar 31st, 2008 at 06:22 pm

you are not only observant, but also poetic!

15xanz | Mar 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

The ability to appreciate our world in miniature, repeating itself over and over in everyday things is one that can bring delight to those who stop long enough, look hard enough and who move slow enough to ponder what is around them.

What an unlikely place to find a frost covered tree, and i am smiling that you shared it.

gentle thoughts....

16Will C Mars | Apr 1st, 2008 at 05:54 am

Perfect, and I was just eating a tangerine.

The peel pops the scene of this little crystal bonsai
Tree growing miles underneath the surface
under laws and means man have never seen

But more than that it changes the way I see fruit.
The edible flower.

17gemmykim | Apr 1st, 2008 at 06:01 am

I stumbled upon your site and your artwork through another page, and I'm happy to have found it. You have an amazing and creative mind. Thanks for sharing.

18TONEY | Apr 1st, 2008 at 07:16 am


19Julie | Apr 1st, 2008 at 10:28 am

Wow ... tangerines never looked so good without their flesh.

20Thomas | Apr 1st, 2008 at 03:46 pm

wow! amazing!

21Lynzy | Apr 1st, 2008 at 09:43 pm

I love these trees. They definitely Grow in an ice world. Each person in the tangerine world has their own island and their tree changes shape with the occupiers personality. I imagine that the trees are enormous on floating tangerine islands. It is very cold there. This land is based on magic. It snows giant flakes.

22melissa | Apr 5th, 2008 at 03:11 am

This perspective reminds me of how Agazzi saw the universe with the sun in the center while looking into the human eye.

23Stéfan | Apr 5th, 2008 at 05:47 pm

Awesome idea and photos.

24Chirus | Apr 5th, 2008 at 09:01 pm

Идея хорошая. Главное со смыслом.

25Mikhail | Apr 6th, 2008 at 08:01 pm

Да, пиздато вышло! Молодец!

26George Burnett | Apr 7th, 2008 at 01:56 am

If you uploaded these to Deviant Art as prints for sale, I bet you would sell quite a few. I know I would buy the entire series... These would look great in my office or home :)

27Dixie | Apr 8th, 2008 at 10:11 am

Beautiful tangerine-trees. I love winter.

Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina :)

28Amanda | Apr 10th, 2008 at 11:55 am

nice,let me feel better,thank you

29Frances | Apr 15th, 2008 at 03:18 pm

Beautiful abstract images. Truly!

Alas they are still just tangerine peel.
Our human brain must "see" something recognizable in the abstract.
We as humans "want to see" something in the abstract that is recognizable.

Beauty in what most would consider waste.

How many tangerines did you peel and enjoy before noticing the "winter trees"?

30Svilen Dimchevski | Apr 16th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Thanks to everyone who posted comments and shared your thoughts and feelings here and by e-mail. I didn't imagine my project will get such an attention and would be exposed all over the web crossing continents and borders but it's true and I owe it to you guys! Thanks! I really appreciate it! You inspired me back.

George, Mom o Monti, all of you guys who wanted high res versions, you can buy prints now! They are available on deviantART in matte or lustre finish and you can enjoy them in sizes from 4x8 and 8x12 to 16x24 inches. Make sure to send me pictures of your office/home when you put them on the wall :)

Frances, it happened with the first one. I was thinking about patterns early that weekend and it came at once.

Thanks again!

31z.Yleo77 | Apr 18th, 2008 at 01:52 pm

very interesting!!!.

32Frances | Apr 18th, 2008 at 05:10 pm

Thank You Svilen for answering my querry. It is wonderful when "things" reveal themselves like that to us (the artist). We just have to be "aware" enough to recognize what we are seeing.

The "snow" is a very nice touch and emphasizes the "winter" aspect of your images. I like the way the "flakes" are in different depths of field.

The Internet is a marvelous tool. It helps us "travel" to so many places. I had to look up in my atlas Sofia, Bulgaria just to know exactly where it is. I am in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. So yes, crossing continents and oceans.......

I am a jewellery artist. I also carry a digital camera where ever I go. You never know when something is going to "reveal " itself.

33MAN | Apr 21st, 2008 at 08:00 pm

It is so good
Do you have higher resosolution
If you have it is good to be my notebook 's wallpaper

34Svilen Dimchevski | Apr 22nd, 2008 at 01:33 pm

Frances, Thanks again for writing back. It's difficult still mandatory to train our eyes to recognize what we see. Otherwise we miss so much beauty :)

MAN, I have higher resolution but I offer prints only. You can get your favorite size and finish on deviantART


35malikaii omenian | Oct 28th, 2008 at 08:40 pm

You have been linked through the Strobist website ( We at strobist would very much appreciate it if you would make a guest appearance and share with us a few of your tricks to this trade. We are all about the minimalist approach to off-camera lighting with strobes, so please come by.

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