I have been photographing the wild places in Washington since I moved here in 2007. What makes my work different from that of most nature photographers is that I have been doing my photography with a 4x5 view camera, in spite of the weight and bulk of large format camera equipment and sturdy enough tripod to work with it.
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People ask me why I use a large format camera, and also what are the benefits of drum scanners.
A large format camera uses large sheets of film to capture images. View cameras are slow to operate, bulky, and most of the time, fairly heavy. Most of them are entirely mechanical, involving no electronics whatsoever. The process of capturing an image with a view camera requires, in addition to lugging a lot of extra gear into the field, quite a bit of planning, patience, and care. A properly exposed slide has astonishing detail and vibrance, but even a small miscalculation can ruin it. They are beautiful, but not forgiving.
Before the advent of digital imaging, photographers like Ansel Adams spent many hours in darkrooms printing their film with enlargers, reproducing those images without any loss. Even after all theses years, and all of the progress we have seen in digital imaging technology, those images still stand the test of time both for their aesthetic and their technical merits.
Drum scanners have the sensitivity and resolution to capture most of that detail and color from the film. The machines are very expensive, and require considerable skill as well as labor to use well.
Printing these high-resolution images with a high-end printer maximizes the detail and rich tonality of the original. These prints can be large enough to look like windows, and detailed enough to invite closer inspection.
I capture these images because I want to share the beauty of the natural world. I want to enable people to remember why we have national parks, and why some of us are willing to not only walk in these places so far from the comforts of home, but also to work to keep them that way, both with actions and with legislation.
That is why I am asking for help.
Now that I have the camera, the wilderness, and the passion to get out and photograph, I am making the transition to being a professional artist, and the first step in that journey is to get my work printed and displayed.
With your help I can make this initial investment, get my work out in the public, and start sharing it with more people. I will also be able to continue creating more art, rather than going back to the cubicle.
- (30 days)