Rock Forms, Red Canyon, 1985. San Rafael
Driving through Utah's San Rafael Swell, my assistant
and I came across this alkali-crusted boulder. My original visualization
was that of a high-key print. In the darkroom, however, I re-explored
the potential interpretations of this negative and decided that a
much deeper, higher contrast print better revealed the interesting
"flame-like" structure of the luminous forms. Substantial
burning of the dark values on the upper and lower portions of the
print further accentuates the central forms. Local "bleaching"
is also done in order to balance out some of the brighter rock values
and a Fog Mask is used to diminish distracting details. Fortunately,
this negative was exposed well and contains all the information necessary
for a variety of interpretations.
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