Soft contemplative light is perfect for contemplating subject shapes, textures and forms. I pass this tree nearly every day, observing its slow process of decay. It first shed its outer bark layer, its fibrous texture littering the ground around the base of the tree. Slowly the silver like glow of the tree’s internal wood structure was revealed. At various times of the day the wood glowed with different intensities. So often the harsh direct sunlight hides textural details as our eyes struggle to adjust to the wide contrast range between bright sunlit areas and deep shadow details. Although the light was rather flat I gave the negative reduced exposure and additional development to increase the contrast between the tree and background. This image was made within the city bushland of Canning River Regional Park, Perth, where I will be this weekend, running a photography workshop.
"I go for long walks in the bush or along the coast with my wooden field camera, a few sheets of film, a tripod and sometimes a tent and food. I like to take my time to absorb the environment, to rediscover and to reconnect. My direct involvement with the materials and technique for making an expressive photographic print is of importance to me, so I continue to develop my own films and hand print all my black and white silver gelatin prints in my darkroom."more...