It's a scant hour to go until the end of the Print Sale and I still haven't decided which one to buy for the walls of TOP HQ (can't afford both—house poor, from now until whenever). "Steep Rock" is more popular with American readers and "Church" with international readers. I'm leaning toward "Church" (which sort of goes along with my suspicion that I'm secretly British at heart, despite my lack of enthusiasm for footandheadball).
Carl is an old-fashioned photographic polymath (I love the word "polymath"—it means "a person of encyclopedic learning"). He seems to know a lot about everything there is to know in photography: he can talk with complete comfort about location lighting, dealing with art directors, calibrating digital sensors, ultra-large format cameras, the aberrations of '60s Leica lenses, photo history, the biography of a famous photographer who died eighty years ago, or hanging a gallery show. And then segue with no apparent effort to discussing the aesthetics of a picture. He just doesn't seem to admit or accept any boundaries to what he knows or to what he will learn. Developer formulas or inkjet printing.
The picture is of Carl with the camera he used to make both pictures. I mentioned in the previous post that Carl has been a platinum/ palladium printmaker for 20 years and has been teaching it for 15 years, but I didn't mention that he's been shooting large format since he was seven. That's as long as I've been alive.
So far 100 prints have been purchased by 80 readers. That's just about perfect—a successful sale but not too many long days in the darkroom for Carl. Thanks to everyone who bought a print! Or two. I hope everybody else enjoyed the window into the process.
(Oh, and a number of people have inquirted about private workshops with Carl. Here's a link to a testimonial by Elizabeth Ellenwood.)
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