Absolutely had to get this photo out there, as I had originally tried to post a photo of this tree while at Swindon show and failed miserably.
I believe the owner said this chamaecyparis is a 'Boulevard'.
This bonsai took a first at Swindon (didn't get an award at BoB) and if you click on the photo, you can see the detail that went into the creation of this image. This tree makes me think of redwood forests and things like that.
In the confines of a bonsai show and displayed in proximity with other trees, the redwood forest image does tend to be more difficult to call to mind.
Which is the downside really, but bonsai were never created to be displayed in rows and rows. I've had loads of discussions with people who feel that bonsai shows should be crammed with trees as that's what the general public want.
Gimme a break, peeps. Show me the stats that say you polled the general public with the view of finding out what their preference was in terms of bonsai display, i.e. the comparative of a hedge style vs an open/airy style. Show me you took the time and effort to poll a statistically valid sample (not just 10 of your mates). Show me the guided/unguided questions you asked and how the poll was taken. Show me the numbers and how you arrived at that conclusion. Yeah, throw in some qualitative narratives as well. But other than that don't tell me shite, 'cause all you have is conjecture from where I'm looking at it. And your opinion is only as good as mine, 'cause that's all it is - an opinion. Back it up with some proper marketing stats, then you have a leg to stand on as far as I'm concerned. There, gauntlet thrown.
'Cause all I can say is that it's either ignorance or a crime to display a bonsai like this in conditions that would never give you the possibility of looking at this and saying to yourself, 'yes I can easily see the forest and this tree standing majestically in it'.