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A Guide To My Images

Part 1 ~ The Natural Landscape

Beginning 1974

I began photographing the natural landscape with a view camera in 1974. It is the heart of my body of work. While most of photographs were made in the north-east of the United States, I have photographed in fifteen states from northern Maine to Florida to New Mexico and Oregon from 1974 until 2005.

I deliberately did not study photography preferring to evolve my own style which was to diminish the importance of a subject and to try to create a composition as if cut from a tapestry. The images show best when printed large. There are over 700 landscape images, of which I present about 300 on this website.

Part 2 ~ Songs Of Light

Emergent Phenomina

The concept behind an emergent phenomena is to combine distinctly different elements in such a way that something completely new emergences, In these images I use a single studio photograph of a musical instrument, distort it digitally into two or more forms without cutting and assemble the new elements into a completely new composition.

The greater part of the collection is from the saxophone, followed by the french horn and a few using a piano.

Part 3 ~ Mélanges

On the spur of the moment.

To make these images I built a low a table on wheels (a trundle), about 18" x 48", that I could move under my digital camera to make images that I could stitch together. Additionally, in each position I made 15-20 exposures at different focus settings that could be combined so every part of every flower was in focus, a process known as focus stacking.

In the summer of 2017 when Susan’s flower gardens were at their peak, I asked her to bring me a basket blossoms. When she did I realized that I had not made plans to deal with so many blossoms. A handful of small vases would not do. Without thinking I began to strip off the individual petals tossing them onto the trundle.

Susan almost had apoplexy until she realized what I was doing, which was to create something like a tapestry of flower petals. A second basket filled the trundle and I began arranging the petals so no one group would be a center of attention.

I began photographing to create six overlapping images that could be stitched together to make one large high resolution image. Additionally I did something called focus stacking which meant about 15 exposures at different focus settings which would be combined into a single image with everything in focus.

Above is the first of three such images made over the course of two summers. The final size is about 400 megapixels and it prints very well at 40" x 115". However, to accommodate the 44" limit of the printer paper and still get this length requires some cropping. Without cropping the image is about 40" x 96". The resolution is such that viewing from two feet away the image appears in perfect focus.

The lighting I use is the equivalent of shadow-free daylight, and every part of every flower is in perfect focus.

Part 4 ~ In The Garden

Some Natural and Some Not.

There is no rhyme or reason to this gallery. It is, however, a reasonably good example of my venturing into something new.

This was shortly after I had put away the view camera and my first thought was to visit the fine garden center a few miles down the road.

There was, of course, what appeared to be a field of heterogenous colors and shapes. However, what first caught my eye was the colors of the geraniums. They were, of course, bread by a (Oh, no: lead me not into temptation) famous mummy. I ended up buying two or three pots of various colors and returning for more.

The mélange section shows the shooting setup with a digital camera.

The rest need no explanation except perhaps “what was he thinking?”

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