Death Valley Dust Storm – 2010
“When I make a photograph, I want it to be an altogether new object, complete and self-contained, whose basic condition is order.” – Aaron Siskind
This image was photographed on the property of Kipu Ranch in Kauai.
Although I’ve been able to make some appealing images with my Zone VI 8×10 view camera, there were a couple shortcomings that began to bother me after about a year of use. First, because it’s made of wood, I always felt that it was a bit imprecise, and this goes against my nature. Next, since my 4×5 camera was made by Toyo, I couldn’t easily share lenses between the cameras unless I swapped out lensboards. Therefore, when a Toyo 810M view camera came up for sale, I jumped at the opportunity and purchased it.
Interestingly, I purchased this camera from Chris Jordan, an artist and photographer who is well known for several projects: “Midway”, “Intolerable Beauty”, and “In Katrina’s Wake”. I highly recommend you check out his work at www.chrisjordan.com
For this particular image, it was made at the Salton Sea in 2007 with a Toyo 810M view camera on Fuji Provia. Who says you can’t shoot directly into the sun, especially on transparency film?
Here’s another image made in Point Mugu State Park with a Zone VI 8×10 view camera on Provia. I’m not sure why I never scanned and printed this image until now. Like the two previous images, I feel that this B&W version is better.
Women’s March Los Angeles. This image was photographed with a Minolta X-370 on Kodak Tri-X.
Reflecting infinity. This image was photographed with a Minolta X-370 on Kodak Tri-X.
I’ve always loved reflections in glass buildings. This one especially caught my eye due to the abstraction created between the building and it’s reflection. This image was photographed with a Minolta X-370 on Kodak Tri-X.