If there ever was ever a single shot that wrapped up my career – this is it. Okay, it’s missing the later color stuff – but it really is an incredible juxtaposition. You’ll see the obvious Ansel Adams poster. I began by studying Adams (he published incredible books). I used a view camera, and gradually moved to smaller and smaller cameras.
Eventually I moved to street photography, and then to Central Park and nature and wound up with some mixture of it all. Where’s Central Park? He’s wearing a t-shirt with the New York parks logo. So there are the three important aspects of my photographic history. And to top it off, taken with the T4i (well, we are in the digital age).
I’ve grown very fond of the Canon T4i. What finally sold me on it was that Quick Mode of Focus (which somewhere in the menu) and works well with the LCD and Live View (which is how this shot was taken). The Live View gives me a nice grid which reminds me of the days of using the Rollei TLR, and I get to look down rather than straight at the subject – and I feel more comfortable shooting that way. All in all – things have picked up.
I have about 70 prints that have been done with DSI (Digital Silver Imaging – www.DigitalSilverImaging.com). They continue to do fantastic work. I’m now completely sold on this system where I send them large jpgs with Adobe RGB to be printed on Ilford Smooth Pearl (they’ve changed the name recently to Prestige something or other) but the results are great and I get to re-use the packaging. They are always helpful if I have some change I want to make to an order and I always feel like I’m working with a real person on the other end.
At some point, I really need to come up with a way of offering limited editions of their Silver Prints on Double Weight photographic paper (exposed by laser or whatever). So as you see – I’ve made a round trip – both in terms of content and technique.
I sort of think this shot would make a good diptych with the Ansel shot.