New Landscape Images

first_snow-web-237At the Los Angeles Art Show in January I introduced three new images. The one that seemed to generate the most interest is the snow scene on the left. More on it in the continuation of this post below.

The most recent image was shot in October 2010 on a trip through the Four Corners area as I was returning to San Diego from Santa Fe. The title is O’KEEFFE COUNTRY, NEW MEXICO. As with all my landscape work, it was shot on 4″ x 5″ transparency film.

The sandstone cliffs in this picture are just outside Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu. This is the red rock country where Georgia O’Keeffe painted for the last thirty-four years of her life. okeeffe_country-web-700 I was drawn to this composition by the geometry of the cliff wall with its smooth, vertical folds and horizontal bands over the triangular shapes of the eroded rock below. The exposure was made in the soft, warm light just before sunrise.

FIRST SNOW IN THE SAN JUANS was shot back in 1998, early on in my pursuit of the light on the land with a large-format camera. The location was the north slope of Red Mountain Pass between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado. When I saw this scene I got excited about the rare coming together of pure new snow and aspen color. It was the first place I dared stop after a pre-dawn, white knuckle drive down unplowed switchbacks with no guard rails. I tried printing this image as a conventional enlarger print on Cibachromefirst_snow-web-700 paper but I was not able to get rid of a reddish color cast in the snow. I had a similar problem with a purple cast using Lightjet technology for the next ten years. Finally, with the ink/paper combination I am currently using, I am satisfied with the purity of the snow while striking a warm color balance for the overall scene.

The third newly printed image was shot even earlier, in 1997, just east of San Diego overlooking the Anza-Borrego Desert. I saw this vast boulder-strewn landscape as a study in texture and repeated shapes.boulders-web-700 The cloud shadows which overlay the scene break the landscape into separate zones and create a great sense of depth. Originally, this image printed well on Cibachrome paper, but in the intervening years I was not satisfied with the way it rendered using Lightjet technology. Now it works again and I’m putting it back in the portfolio of active images.

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