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Tuesday, 12 May 2009


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"Long after Ansel Adams and Edward Weston have passed away, many black and white landscape photographers still work in their footsteps. The images in Seasons of the Moon offer a refreshing departure from that classical style."

I don't understand why the adjective "refreshing" is used here. While Sinclair's work can certainly be described as a departure, why is the work of contemporary classical black and white landscape photographers, when executed at the level of an Adams or Weston, something from which one needs to be refreshed? Can't all sub-genres be appreciated equally?

The obvious comparison is Neil Folberg's Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land (Aperture 2001). Folberg's book also has beautifully reproduced black & white images of Israel, in his case star-filled night skies above ancient ruins and olive groves.

I've nearly ordered it twice, but $55 seems just a little too dear for my currently Real Estate Meltdown depleted pocketbook.

I'd be interested in learning more about the technical process involved. The images I've seen reproduced are certainly striking. I'd always presumed they were nocturnal.

How did this get past Mike "I hate infra red" J. ? ( little smiley thing goes here )

Surely there are 13 moons in a year - not 12

"Surely there are 13 moons in a year - not 12"

In the Hebrew calender we have 12
(-usually...some years we have 13 months in the year..and 13 moons...)

Not that anybody cares, but I'm getting book weary, plus I can't download these to my BlackBerry. Kidding, sort of.

I didn't read 'refreshing' as meaning that we need to be refreshed from the contemporary B&W photographers following in those excellent footsteps. Rather, that other high quality work, of a different kind/style/feeling, is welcome ... in addition to but in no way diminishing theirs.

This looks like an interesting conceptual work that burned in the author's heart to be produced. It's usually fascinating to see such emotionally-driven bodies of work.

Thank you very much for bringing this book to my attention, Quang-Tuan.

Geoff, thanks for pointing that out. I must admit I hadn't seen the book. Neil's Folberg work can be seen on his gallery website http://www.visiongallery.com/ (no direct link possible since it's flash-based). In fact Yaakov Asher Sinclair has acknowledged his influence as decisive, and even provided the previous link in a post he made on the large format photography forum. To me Folberg achieves a different mood, maybe because most of his skies are so starry.

I went to Mr. Folberg's gallery a few years ago. It is a nice gallery in a great part of Jerusalem. If anyone is in the area, I definitely recommend that they stop by to see his work and the gallery itself.

The next time I am in Israel I will see if I can meet the Rabbi.

Thanks for bringing "Seasons of the Moon" to my attention. I've always loved black and white photography so this is one book I'll be sure to check out. I really like the cover picture, if that's any indication of what's to be expected within, I'm looking very forward to seeing the rest of them.

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