B&W Photography - Modern Landscapes by Heinz Danzberger
B&W Photography - Modern Landscapes by Heinz Danzberger
Traditional photography work, large format optical files created for over size print work in outstanding print quality for art show.
Traditional photography work, large format optical files created for over size print work in outstanding print quality for art show. Read more
About this project
Kickstarter Project: B&W Photography - Modern Landscapes
My traditional photography project is centered on our present day environment with the embedded human imprint on the far reaching landscape of the American West Coast. In my work, I am fascinated by the remaining natural beauty and as well the man-made traces upon the natural world, even our "monuments" of concrete and iron, as I am exploring our land in its modern day condition.
This campaign hopefully will provide the opportunity to finance the production expenses of a larger body of work with 2-3 dozen pieces, to create a full size gallery show with a full body of work in oversize fine art print work.
After 4 years sketching and creating the key pieces for the project, it is time to take the final step to fully realize this art project and for that purpose I am seeking your support.
The project combines traditional and high resolution photography work to create an art show and gallery project in over size fine art print work - the final framed pieces will be in sizes up to 40x80" single images, diptychs and an occasional triptych up to 40x150", created purely from optical files without the need for post production interpolation or manipulation - the print work is in most cases the actual size of my digital image files, in a larger sense and technical essence a digital negative "contact" print.
My photography work process relies on classic lenses and outstanding lens characteristics for oversize, "large format" type, captures for extreme details and rich tonalities suited for large format print work, pushing the boundaries of traditional photography in conjunction with modern digital archival pigment print work. The subtle characteristics of finer lenses define these images in great detail, to bring out unique print formats and large photographic displays in a workflow exceeding the resolution of any standard capture process.
My work flow consists of traditional photography with the images created in camera, at exposure with superb lenses while using sensor technology to create 1 - 2 GB image files for the purpose of very large size print work and the ability to work without digital enlargement processes, I rather like to have very large optical files and downsize the images for added quality definitions. I do use the digital lab in the same fashion as I did work in the darkroom. The images are created at exposure and realized in the modern print process.
One might describe my general work style as a result of some distant roots around the West Coast School of Photography together with a strong element of the recent European Photography philosophy on large format print work, the stand alone large wall display, highlighting subtle objectivity through a raised visual experience, while pushing the envelope of the photographic art display.
Still - personally, I am always eager to experiment, to redefine my work process anew frequently and push tools to their inbuilt limits, to match my tool set for the desired output ......and not to forget,... there is a bit of playfulness left in this old photographer.
I am working with a broad spectrum of techniques, while combining a lifetime of experience in the film based area combined with the newer digital possibilities - a combination I am fortunate enough to have at my disposal at the recent convergence of photographic systems, techniques and styles. There are a few fortunate photographers around with one foot planted firmly in the film era and another in the newer digital tool set, creating work that is deeply rooted in traditional photography brought into a new light with the modern, post dark room, print tools.
Far Northern California and Southern Oregon are one of the few geographical areas left today, in which the natural and man made world are at an uneasy equilibrium, largely due to the remoteness of our area and the sheer vastness of the mountain and desert areas. My work is all about the visual beauty one can find in the oddest places, within the combustion of visual art and mundane human efforts. I do wander a bit in a Carleton Watkins' type of wonder, another re-discovery of the Western World - a photographer in search of road side impressions, a curious eye roving along the jagged edges of Western Civilization and the modern human condition.
One of my latest works for the project, a color work, "Edgewood and Slough" has just been selected as part of the West Coast Biennial 2015 at Turtle Bay Museum in Redding ( wall display size of ~ 40x150" diptych ), setting a perfect jump off point to take this project up to the next level and pursue the work as a priority with your support, after a 5 year gestation and study phase.
The Kickstarter project's primary effort is to finance the necessary time, travel, print and frame production and some gear expenses with a production timeline for the end of 2015. A secondary goal is to produce a larger body of framed art work for larger gallery show effort to find presentation in larger art centers, like San Francisco, Portland, LA and other places in 2015 and 2016.
The work will result in 30 to 40 larger fine art prints, including large size diptych and triptych work at about 40 by 80" to 40 x150" display sizes. The work will be centered around the greater Mount Shasta area, the lands of the Southern Oregon and far Northern California area, the unique heart of the American West Coast Region. You can preview the seed images developed in the recent years in more detail: Quarry No 1- Triptych, Posts and Poles, New Boards ( on top ), Edgewood & Slough - Diptych ( video clip ), Mailbox - Diptych ( below ), at heinzdanzberger.com/recent photography and the artist statement for more details.
The Kickstarter campaign is aimed to afford the actual production work and to take a big step forward in my art work, reach new gallery representation for this particular project in oversize print work and to gain some art market attention for my photography work for the future.
Fund Raiser Goal and Budget:
Production: covering car and travel expenses for the photography work in the greater area around Mount Shasta, Northern California and Southern Oregon. ( Budget of $ 3300 )
Hardware: hard drives for mobile capture storage, flash card media and some tools for the mobile capture of 1 to 2 GB files, which require massive storage capacities, a few lens accessories and a rental camera body to round out my tools set for oversize image capture work. ( Budget of $ 1200 )
Post Production: Print cost (ink and paper media cost) for the production of various large size print work with some 40x120" oversize fine art displays for the project. Framing cost, general cost to ready a larger gallery show project at material cost - while utilizing my workplace Studio Liink as the print and post-production studio. ( Budget of $ 4500 )
Kickstarter Funding Target: $ 9,000
Here is a glimpse on the two fine art prints offered as rewards, see more at heinzdanzberger.com.
Both pieces are initial studies to the project while fine tuning my technique. Eichen is am amazing rendition with a Pentax 6x7 lens and Eclipse is an initial study for tonality and resolution involved in my work ( comprised of over 70 frames with the fine Pentax 200mm tele in play). The soft light at the peak of the eclipse made this piece a very well collected piece about Mount Shasta.
Thanks for taking the time to consider my project, you can reach me through heinzdanzberger.com for any continued exploration of the project per email. Thank you Daniel for helping me with my first attempt at video work, virgin territory and I hope the viewer can appreciate the wooden effort.
Risks and challenges
For the purpose of the Kickstarter campaign I am offering some fine art prints from the development phase of this body of work as a reward to fund the ongoing work with an expected conclusion date of the summer of 2016. Once it is photographed and produced it will be presented to galleries along the West Coast at first, to gain some wider art market exposure with the project and forward my life long career as a photographer.
Since it will be a time consuming effort to shoot and print the ongoing project, I find it better to offer you some existing fine art print work for your support. Please leave an email if you wish to sign on to the email newsletter/dairy of the ongoing art project and to preview new work as it is in progress. Please make a note of heinzdanzberger.com and the blog will offer you insights in the project as it progress.
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