Ancient Greece

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This is one of my favorite color photographs I have taken.  I was living on the Greek island Santorini (Thira) for several months and I was trying to figure out how to capture or symbolize the depth of the ancient Greek soul and what “blossomed” from that soul at its peak.  Well, this is what I came up with.  This island is so beautiful…scene of an enormous volcanic explosion combined with the deepest blue water you will ever see so close to land.  This basic yellow wild flower grows all along the caldera and they are so beautiful against the backdrop of the deep blue.

Greece

Sparked-up Sign-Post

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White Spark, Margo Wiessman, Absolute Winter, Snow Flake, and I am sure she has other names…re-worked my images of images on photo shop…and she did quite a job.  I have offered her a job to be my lab assistant…will have to wait and see…lol…go check out her site and beautiful photographs…Margo Wiessman.  Thank you Margo for playing around with these and giving them some life.  Perhaps I will have to give up film and go digital…yet more reliance on technology!!!!

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Sign-Posts

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Civilized, crying how to be human again: this will tell you how. Turn outward, love things, not men,
turn right away from humanity, Let that doll lie. Consider if you like how the lilies grow,
Lean on the silent rock until you feel its divinity
Make your veins cold, look at the silent stars, let your eyes Climb the great ladder out of the pit of
yourself and man. Things are so beautiful, your love will follow your eyes; Things are the God, you
will love God, and not in vain,
For what we love, we grow to it, we share its nature. At length You will look back along the stars’
rays and see that even The poor doll humanity has a place under heaven.
Its qualities repair their mosaic around you, the chips of strength And sickness; but now you are free,
even to become human, But born of the rock and the air, not of a woman.

Robinson Jeffers — “Sign-Post”

 

Mt AdamsI flew out of the Northwest a few days ago with my son to visit my parents.  One of the only things I enjoy about flying these days is the view out the window.  Every now and then, I can catch sight of a Cascade volcano…one of my favorite photographic subjects in the Northwest.  I asked my son to take this picture of Mt. Adams since I gave him the window seat!  Isn’t this an ominous and beautiful looking land form?  There are so many powerful processes involved in such a formation.

I was also shocked to see that my parents (found out it was my mom) had actually hung up some of the black and white prints I developed eight or nine years ago.  I didn’t even know my mom had these prints.  These prints are really sign-posts for me.  They are also points of awkwardness — my parents didn’t support my desire to dedicate myself and energy to landscape photography.  But, this will be covered in some upcoming journal posts.  I had to take pictures of these framed pictures (would never pick black matt for framing!!!) so there is some glare that distorts the black and white shades.  The images are much clearer and better contrast when viewing in person…but oh well.  These photos were taken with my 4×5 Arca Swiss and I processed the prints at a community dark room.

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Pisces

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Although I have nice photography equipment, I currently don’t have the means to pay for film, gas, blah blah blah.  Eventually I will obtain the means to return on a course that makes a serious attempt to take meaningful images that have a respectable level of quality, but for now…I share this image taken with my phone.  I don’t feel so bad.  I see this view almost every day.  I don’t need to scope out the right vantage point, apply filters, or wait for the right light…or play with development times..dodging or burning or cropping.  This image captures what I find to be so beautiful about a Northwest winter day…in a very rough draft form.