I thought he printed on MGIV and very light sepia tone.
Hey... that's what I do. Hot diggety! I'm on my way!
Joking aside, it is good to see this old thread come back to the daily feed. The lesson I took from this thread when it first began, (besides the fact that it is neither the technique nor materials which makes the artist) is that you can be inspired and influenced by another artist without copying, channeling or expressing them in your own work. My own greatest photographic influence is late French photographer, Willy Ronis. I am the first to note that my prints are nothing at all like his wonderful lifetime of work. I am inspired instead by the (long) life he lived and expressed through his work, and by the absolute affection he had for his subject matter. I am inspired by Michael Kenna's vision and passion for his work and I am emboldened by the fact that I can feel that inspiration in my work without any need for my prints to look like his work. Interesting, (I hope) is the fact that photographically I am equally influenced by my favourite composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. But where that thought leads, I do not have words to say.
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Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...
The best way to improve your printing is to thoroughly read a good book on printing. More than one would be even better. Then put what you learn into practice. The problem with online sites is that they are usually not intended to convey an extensive knowledge on a particular subject. Here books still have the advantage.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
You could print on toilet paper ...it is the VISION that matters...in 100 years no one is going to see a print of yours and say...oh gosh that must be polymax!
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With all due respect Peter, if you print on toilet paper, it is equally true that in 100 years no one is going to see a print of yours and say...oh gosh that must be toilet paper!
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
To me, Kenna's niche is trying to create semi-mythical little worlds like Hobbit shires or whatever; so in many cases, blacked out shadows and
conspicuous grain in relatively small prints taken with small cameras just makes a lot of sense. The images probably wouldn't look good at significant enlargement anyway. Some of the shots he's taken around here is a nice yardstick for evaluating his approach, at least contrasted to the way I would look at the same things toting a big 8x10 view camera with all its own kind of potential. I'm quite fond of his style, even
though I work in a very different manner personally.