Schoodic Point in the Acadia National Park is the ideal location to photograph the texture and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, creating wonderful abstracts on film. Most of my time in the field is a solo affair. I tend to go about the business of shooting black and white photography without anyone paying me much attention. With the advent of digital photography and fewer practicing film camera photographers around, my actions draw a curious observer once in a while. I, recently, had the opportunity to meet such an individual while shooting the December Print of The Month.
I set up my Deardorff 5X7 camera to capture the waves patterns. The rough and tumble of the current and the rocks matched with the lighting encouraged me to shoot over 20 sheets of film. I was going about my business but noticed someone watching from a distance. As I continued to maneuver my camera around the terrain, he inched closer and closer. We chatted for a bit during and after my session, each describing our experience shooting different kinds of film. But soon we parted ways.
Days later I received a kind email from him with even more of his story and a beautiful description of the need to see these types of images in print and not just on a screen:
“When I saw you shooting there with the Deardorff view camera, I felt compelled to get closer. It was reminiscent of me during my younger days when I was passionately devoted to large format (4X5) black and white and the Zone System. I was an "Ansel Adams nut" back then, and I still am. Like you, I shot primarily on Tri-X and developed with HC-110, printed mostly on Ilford and Oriental papers, and used selenium toner for archival purposes and for richness. When my older son, who is now 38, reached the age when he needed to have his own room, I reluctantly dismantled the darkroom which I had set up in the spare bedroom in order to comply with his needs, packed away the Calumet, began to concentrate on small-format color transparencies and eventually adapted to digital after purchasing a DSLR. I visited your website and have viewed most of the images posted on it, and I think your work is outstanding. I particularly like some of your abstracts. Certainly there are the limitations in the quality of the images displayed on a computer monitor which I'm sure don't do justice to the actual prints. As the negative correlates to the score in a musical composition and the print to the performance, so I believe the image displayed on a computer monitor could be compared to a recording of the piece, but the actual print is like the live performance in which all the subtleties and nuances can be fully experienced and appreciated.”
The Print of The Month is well worth seeing off a screen and on your wall. The difference in this image compared to other landscape photographs of mine is turning it 180° creates a completely new image. Purchase a Print of The Month and then you can decide how best to hang it on your wall. Whichever way is up will tell a different story all together.