Burnt woodland Canning River Perth

framed 74.5cm x 61.5cm | image 40cm x 50cm | 1 of ed10 | $1500

When I first viewed Burnt woodland on the ground glass screen of my camera I was excited. Here was a prospect of producing a wonderful print. Burnt woodland Canning River, however, proved for me to be much harder to realise in the print. The curve of the trunks and branches combined with the lines of shadow created a visual rhythm.

The image is backlit and high in contrast and the negative received reduced development and a slight increase in exposure. My main problem in making this print is to preserve the feeling of intense light which reveals the flatness and dryness of the subject. To make a print consistent with my vision I had to avoid the backlit trunks and their shadows from printing too dark.

I made the print with a series of hard and soft exposures in the darkroom. The initial soft exposure was made to retain a suggestion of detail in the dried sunlit leaves. While giving this soft exposure the central trunk was carefully dodged. Then, a second series of higher contrast exposures were made. These were applied to selected areas to introduce more black and therefore some contrast.

Print Availability

Burnt woodland Canning River is available for purchase online. Canning River fallen branch is a 40 x 50cm silver gelatin print, hand-printed by the author. It is dry-mounted onto 100% cotton museum board, then window-mounted behind a clear acrylic sheet. Framed in graphite tone aluminium it is ready to hang. Outer dimensions 74.5 x 61.5cm. Limited edition of 10, signed and numbered. Freight and insurance within Australia included. Burnt woodland was first published in “Lost in Suburbia” in 2013. In 2015 it was published in the Heathcote Museum & Gallery “Dissociation” exhibition catalogue. 

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Since 1989, Alex Bond has published cards, calendars, books, and posters under his imprint Stormlight Publishing. His images showcase the West Australian environment. Bond's handcrafted, silver-gelatin, fibre-based prints are personally made by the author in his darkroom.

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