|Recomposing Light, Texture, Form, and Shadow, 2013|
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|Sacramento Valley Rice 03, c.1986|
Monday, February 18, 2013
|Sacramento Valley Rice 02, c. 1986|
I understand that many folks will not appreciate these images, and I am fine with that. I am drawn to them, and I am thinking that I will go back soon and see if and how I will approach these structures twenty-five years later, and with digital technology.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
|Sacramento Valley Rice 01, c. 1986|
As a photographer, I have always been drawn to photograph large structures such as this. My eye was drawn to study bridges, towers, buildings, railroads, aircraft, and ships. I consider these elements to play major roles in the landscape, and as an artist it is my job to showcase the elements that I find create the composition that is most appealing to my aesthetic sense.
This photograph is one of many that I took on a week-long expedition to the valley. I think the trip occurred in about 1986. Back then I was using a Rollicord and for this series I used some of my stock of fine-grain Panatomic X film. I scanned this negative at 6400dpi to capture as much detail as I could.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
|Tug Boats on Humboldt Bay, 1983|
I had a scale model of a tug boat when I was a kid. I think I always imagined that working on a tug would be a good thing to do. I think tug boats are of the same caste for the maritime world as are switch engines for the railroads. Tug boats like switch engines, play important roles in supporting there larger siblings, but are generally behind the scenes, and therefore do not have the glory that goes with large ships or long trains.
I scanned this the other night, and I did a little processing in Light Room. Somewhere I have a gelatin/silver print of this shot in storage.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
|More Mysteries of the Forest, 2012|
The work I often show in this space is work that is in progress. Indeed, I would say that all most all my work is in progress.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
|Greeting the Sun While Heading East, 2013|
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
|The Illuminated Tree, 2012|
I think that this type of lighting within the deep forest is very similar to that of stage lighting. It is as if there is a solo performer on the stage, and that performer is illuminated with a high-key light from behind and from above and off to one side. The angles provide the opportunity for the needles, lichen, and branches to glow. The illusion is that the tree seems to glow from within. Or is it an illusion?
I took this image last November while on an outing with David Mast somewhere up Lost Man Creek. I am very pleased with this interpretation of the lighting. This is what I see when I am in the forest and come upon such a scene. Until last night, I never was able to create an image that carried this particular essence of a back lit tree.
Monday, February 4, 2013
|Redwood Bark, 2013|
I live in a redwood forest. Our property borders the Arcata Community Forest. It is mostly a second-growth forest, and ours is too. I go out there at least twice a week when I walk the dog. I go out there to photograph as well, and sometimes I go there just because I like being there.
As nice as our woods are, they pale in comparison to the old-growth forests. The differences are somewhat easy to grasp if one only considers scale. There is more to it than that. The old growth forest and its individual member trees give a sense of presence that colors one's mood. Loud voices hush to whispers, and a feeling of deep joy may arise within one's soul. At least that is what happens to me.
I hope that some of that comes through with these images that I share here.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
|Secrets of the Forest, 2013|
Saturday, February 2, 2013
|Illuminated Snag, 2013|
The forest that we live in on Fickle Hill, is comprised of mostly second, third, and perhaps fourth -growth redwoods. We know of a few old growth trees in the community forest, but they are very rare, and are with one exception, living snags.
That is why I love going to the protected forests. It is there that I can get a sense of what these environments were really like two hundred years ago. I am grateful for those who fought to save what they could, and it does not get any better than at Prairie Creek State Park.