Carhenge Doorway: PlainSky, Nebraskans No. 6 (24″ x 16″ on Red River Arctic Polar Luster)
I return to the one-day, one-image release of the complete “PlainSky, Nebraskans” show as it will debut at the West Nebraska Arts Center in Scottbluff, Nebraska, on March 1. The collection of 40 images, ranging from 10 1/2 inches by 15 1/2 inches at the smallest to 36 inches wide by 24 inches high at the largest, will be accompanied by the first signing of my book of the same name.
I’ve been asked by a number of people about how the images are made. The largest print is a custom-made print by Denver Digital Imaging on a Chromira LED photographic printer (yes, it’s a traditional photograph development method) on Fuji Crystal Archive Super Glossy paper. I’m going to start noting the paper types and printing methods each day as I post these, and more information about how it’s done can be found on my tech blog, Field & Studio in the coming weeks.
The other prints, all 24″ by 16″ or smaller, are made on my Epson Stylus Pro 3880 color inkjet (these prints are called giclées) using a variety of papers. Black and white images are printed on Red River Arctic Polar Luster paper; color prints are on a variety of papers, including Red River Arctic Polar Satin, Red River Polar Pearl Metallic 255 GSM, and Canson Infinity Arches Velin Museum Rag. It’s impressive how many pros have fallen for the giclée process, including Bill Frakes of Sports Illustrated, a bunch of the folks at Luminous Landscape, and Terry Cockerham in Dallas. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is a staunch proponent of giclées as a central process in photographic creativity.
Fog and Full Moon
Sometimes making lemonade with lemons turns into chicken cordon bleu with a bottle of Dom Perignon and chocolate mousse for dessert. Coming home from a disappointing shoot in the Sandhills, the full moon rose, the fog emerged, and a cloudless sky above lent a blanket of stars as punctuation.
Bales and Storm: PlainSky, Nebraskans No. 4
As I continue publishing the finished pieces from the upcoming PlainSky, Nebraskans show opening on March 1, it’s important to note how long this series has taken to create: four years. Because if one takes time to look, there is beautiful symmetry in our daily lives, and in Nebraska, it is punctuated by our weather, sky, and long horizon.
American Serengeti: PlainSky, Nebraskans No. 1
Well, it’s time. For four years, I’ve been working in western Nebraska, photographing, meeting, talking, listening, and … looking. Watching. Composing. It is a path that I could not have predicted, and one that has delivered me to ends I could never have predicted.
This has been a windfall of creativity, and this blog shared in the credit. As do its readers and followers.
It is a strange place, that destination one reaches when voice arrives, and I’m grateful to all of you for sharing the journey.
Above, image one from the full PlainSky, Nebraskans series as the group will debut in one month’s time.
Sometimes the best images are the ones we find looking later.
Just my way to celebrate the first blizzard of the season: rush out into it, and shoot pictures.
My expression of the dichotomy of Dodge City: the legend looms large in the face of the distant modern city and the contrails of pervasive transportation.