Portfolio One: Landscape
Height: 29.25 in
Width: 23 in
Depth: 2 in
Gray box with white embossed name plate; contains twelve photographs. Also contains page/cover information on the portfolio and the prints. Limited edition.
Artist StatementI always hope my photographs will be sufficient but I have been asked for words. In the present case, the structure is reasonably transparent. The first print, Mist, announces that this work lies safely in the tradition of classic landscape photography. There follows a series of images in which the evidence of civilization increases at the expense of nature, coming to rest on that supreme expression of history, an artifact of war. The open doorway leading to blackness in Fort Foster begs the inevitable question, which I answer with Black Rock. I can't pursue this quest further in prints one would actually care to view, so Saguaro Cactus provides a cadence, or pause, followed by a series of four prints representing the seasons, beginning somewhat uncommonly with Winter. The final print, Trees on Dune, may be viewed as a visual inverse of the opening print, but is better seen as offering a quiet, peaceful, yet somewhat unresolved conclusion.The first, Mist, and the last, Trees on Dune, are connected in a curious way by a minor accident of photographic history. These are the only two images I have ever tried to actually redo. The original version of Mist failed for faulty focus which was corrected the following summer. The negative of Trees on Dune is virtually impossible to print and, as I struggled with it in the darkroom, I surmised that I must have made an exposure error. Several years later I returned to the spot and finally understood the real nature of the problem: there simply is no adequate contrast in the subject. Still, I thought I could make an improved negative. Technically I did. The real problem is that there were no tracks across the corner. It is when the tracks are absent that we realize how important they were.