Joel B. McEachern and Frances Gallogly Capture Dancing Trees

The great thing about photography is just how personal it is. No two people see the same subject in the same way. A case in point are the two images of ‘dancing’ trees made by Joel B. McEachern and Frances Gallogy in the US states of Florida and Georgia respectively. Both are wonderful renditions and both images dance across the screen. Here is what each has to say about their images.

Joel B. McEachern

Lone Dancer with Moon – ©Joel B. McEachern

Lone Dancer with Moon was made with the hope of finding Florida again, of finding a place where long ago footprints once walked. It was, as well, a place of discovery for me as a
photographer, a place where the noise and turbulence of the city disappeared in the familiar yet ancient sounds and shapes of the shoreline. But most of all, it was a place where
time was measured in tides, sailing birds and the singing rolls of a now forgotten film.

Joel B. McEachern (contact

Frances Gallogly

My image Driftwood taken at sunrise on a beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is my Watershed Image.

The year before I took this image, my husband and I were returning to Connecticut from Florida in March when I suggested we spend the night on Jekyll Island in order to take a sunrise photo on a beach on the north part of the island that always has lots of driftwood. He agreed, and the next morning we enjoyed a glorious sunrise, and I took a beautiful photo that ultimately was used for the cover of a travel magazine featuring a story on Georgia beaches.

The next year, we decided to stop on Jekyll again en route to Connecticut. However, when we awoke before sunrise the next morning, the sky was overcast and it was drizzling. I didn’t have much hope for a great sunrise but opted to take a chance. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The soft moody light resulted in what I think is the most spectacular photo I have ever taken. It has never been turned into a magazine cover, after all, tourists want sunny beaches, not rain. But I don’t care. It is my favorite image of all time … at least to date. I learned never to discount the possibility of great images, no matter what the weather.

Frances Gallogly