Winter Harvest

Somewhat as a by-product of my filing system and just due to the nature of the season, I spend a good deal of January picking through all the files on my various computers, burning many CDs, collating pages of negative sleeves, and reviewing proof sheets by the dozen.

I have some ideas about what I have learned and where I have improved artistically over the past year — and importantly where I think I may have faltered, and what I can do better. It's a worthy exercise, to assess what's come and better understand what can come tomorrow — and an exercise that, at the risk of narcissism, I should really do more than once each year.

January 25, 2005





Comments on "Winter Harvest"

January 25, 2005 08:21 AM

HiKevin,I really get the feeling of snow falling in this picture.The tightness of the grain and the sharpness of the face adds a physical look that is not seen much these days.Digicam images seem to lack this and look flat and someone who has done a lot of film work can see how they differ.I love rodinal but have never nailed it down to use it all the time.The dutch photographer Ed Van Der Elsken in the book Sweet Life used this method with great sucess and your picture has the same look which I admire and tried to acheive in my own bw work but never have on a regular basis.Keep it up John.

January 25, 2005 11:07 AM

Hi Kevin, I really like the rolleinars. I use a 2 and 3 a lot, especially for my diptych projects. You are hitting a definite 'sweet spot' with the rollei, anything up to about 3 meters looks really creamy.

February 5, 2005 06:36 AM


Love this photo, but why adding text on the images?

February 5, 2005 10:57 AM

Thanks guys. I went right out to look up Ed Van Der Elsken -- I had seen one or two shots before but never was aware of him specifically. Thx!

Stefan, I started putting text on the images for this blog some months ago, for several reasons. Putting the title into the image lets me play with the title text more (not a heckuva lot, but some). This saves space on the web page and is just... fun. Second, at the time I was dealing with three different corporations that had appropriated images from this website and were using those images commercially (two on their web sites, and one in print). Putting arbitrary text on an image prevents this while being less obtrusive than the "BJORKE" stamp I usually place on other web images.


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