Creating large scale, black and white landscape and cloud photographs for an exhibition
The panoramic photographs you see in this presentation were shot by me over a two year period starting in 2009 with a medium format film camera. The negatives are 2x7 inches. Because I've chosen to make traditional black and white prints almost 5 feet in height, I'm incapable of printing them in my darkroom. With your financial help they will be printed by a custom lab where I work intensely with the technicians to produce a print that strongly renders their inherent qualities of light and form. The prints will be shown with earlier work in an exhibition of my black and white landscape photographs that opens in November of this year at the Alibi Fine Art Gallery in Chicago.
I have been making photographs for 44 years. Many of my images from the past 25 years were shot in Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace park system that stretches from downtown Boston to Dorchester, five miles from the center city. I have made photograph throughout the Necklace and other Boston area parks in all seasons and all kinds of weather.
These vertical panoramic images represent the culmination of my many years of photographing the landscape. The format is inspired by my fascination with Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings, their dramatic rendering of cloud covered mountains, streaming waterfalls surrounded by thickly forested slopes and the suggestion of a humble human presence in the midst of the imposing formations.
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