16x20in Print – Posted Worldwide
Orange Lichen Rocks Ocean Beach Denmark. It is an unmounted photographic print. It will be carefully packaged in a postal tube, insured and posted worldwide for $300.
Orange Lichen Rocks Ocean Beach Wilson Inlet
The colour of rock lichens intensifies along the south coast. I presume it is the climate, the type of rock and the colour of the rock. Further along, the coast limestone gives way to great chunks of granite. The darker rock surface seems to appeal to the south-facing lichen. The rock’s base colour provides for a strong background contrast. Further south in latitude, I found the lichen colours more intense. For example, on the east coast of Tasmania, the rock lichens are so blood red that I initially mistook it for paint.
The lichens on Western Australia’s south coast are less intense in colour. For this reason, I prefer to photograph them on cloudy days. Under these conditions, I can achieve a colour saturation on the film that equals my visual experience. I chose a wide-angle lens so that I could emphasise the rocks dynamic shapes in the foreground. The angle of view allowed me to inlude the spread of lichen colour. This image was made with my wooden 4×5 field camera, a 90mm lens and 4×5 inch 50 ISO Velvia film. I don’t recall exposure details, but the film back was tilted to achieve a good plane of focus in the foreground rocks and their lichen.
I first published this image in my 1998 large format Horizon Calendar.