On the Gretna pictures the trees are no protagonists, yet indispensable, for they mark out the space which is filled in by the dance of the millions of starlings. Imagine how less impressive this dance would be without them on the same photos! And this recalls to me the trees of Pierre Pellegrini.
One object forms a space around itself; two object marks out the boundaries of the space stretching between them. These photos have recalled Paul Klee’s Pedagogical sketchbook and like-minded theoretical introductions to architecture long before I learned that Pellegrini was originally trained as an architect. The trees, the snow-covered field, the water, the moon, however enchanting, are only extras. Their real function is to mark out the boundaries of the true protagonist of these photos, the invisible space stretching between them.