tree growing in urban or industrial setting, color photography by sinziana velicescu

A tree grows in A photography project by Sinziana Velicescu

Trees in urban or industrial settings can appear solitary, but in Sinziana Velicescu’s series “A Tree Grows In,” she takes a graphic and playful approach to the topic. The series makes use of unexpected relationships between trees, their settings and each other, and one could almost caption their conversations as they peek over the flat roofs of buildings or hover beside factory smokestacks.

‘A tree grows in’ is an observation of trees growing in unusual places. Often times they are comical landscaping choices intended to beautify otherwise unappealing industrial or commercial spaces. There is a disturbing quality to the photographs though, as if the plants are asking for help, or to be moved from their locations.

My favorite of the series is the two palm trees against a moody sky. It stands out from the series and might use a bit of explanation, but I took the photo during a big fire near LA that made the sky feel apocalyptic which was an unusual contrast to Los Angeles’s usual blue skies.” 

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

Submit Now