Burnt woodland Canning River Perth


Burnt woodland Canning River

Ready to hang

Framed Aluminium – graphite 74.5cm x 61.5cm

40x50cm Hand Printed Silver Gelatin Print, window mounted behind clear acrylic sheet

Signed, numbered, 1 of Edition of 10

Burnt woodland Canning River 40x50cm Print Framed Aluminium 74.5cm x 61.5cm 1 of ed10
Burnt woodland Canning River 40x50cm Print Framed Aluminium 74.5cm x 61.5cm 1 of ed10
Burnt woodland Canning River 40x50cm Print Framed Aluminium 74.5cm x 61.5cm - postage within Australia included
$1,500.00

Burnt woodland Canning River

Burnt woodland was first published in “Lost in Suburbia” in 2013. In 2015 it was published in the Heathcote Museum & Gallery “Dissociation” exhibition catalogue

When I first viewed this 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.

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