Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sacandaga River

images from Adirondack State Park, NY

river where two rivers
converge into one
at mountain's knee

river where deer come
to wade and lick
the ford while crossing

river where all roads converge
to bridge the circulating oceans
of our blood

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Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks for all these reminders about how awesome black & white is for landscapes. These all remind me of how Ansel Adams used it to such wonderful effect. Color obviously has its place, but for me, nothing is quite as wonderful as a good B&W landscape scene.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Hi, John, great comments, thanks. I feel like you really got it.

I definitely have been feeling the spirit of Adams over my shoulder a lot these days, especially these past two road trips. I don't deny his influence, I embrace it. Ditto Edward Weston, and some others.

I'm finding myself flipping back and forth between color and B&W lately. When I'm in B&W mode, which I was a lot on this roadtrip, as it was so often cloudcast and rainy-gloomy, I find myself looking at form and shape, line and geometry, contrast and lighting. When in color mode, I find myself looking at saturation a lot.

Some images just have to be color, because it's all about one spot of green moss on an otherwise black rock next a river—that sort of thing.

But since I started shooting B&W again, last year, it's been really occupying my attention, and I shoot B&W as often as the subjects will allow for it.

Thanks again.

P.S. Speaking of color, I am making plans to visit Cuyahoga NP again during the fall color season, which I here is really spectacular there.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Dave King said...

What a fascinating place, and the black and white images convey it admirably.

5:29 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Thanks, Dave, much appreciated.

12:23 AM  

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