Obviously it started out as a log. But through some strange unknown process foreign slabs of wood are mysteriously integrated into the stump. And the wood has been aged, or distressed, to a curious texture.
It is a masterful and primitive looking work of art.
Taking a photo like this feels a bit like a rip off to me. Sure I have made creative decisions about angle, framing and cropping, but I have captured something that is only a refection of the creation of someone else.
But maybe that is OK. To quote filmmaker Jim Jarmusch:
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination".