I’ve just returned from a few days in Death Valley National Park field testing the new Intrepid 8x10 prototype. This is not in any way to say that these images were made strictly to field test the camera. I hate images like that with a flaming passion! We do not buy cameras to photograph test charts or brick walls in our backyards, but rather – hopefully – to create items of beauty, works of deeply meaningful art to enrich and elevate our daily lives. So it is with that larger purpose in mind that I set out to “test” the camera.
Last year, I made 3 trips to the Mojave to photograph a project of artistic images exploring the dune fields of this desert region, entitled “Mojave Monochrome”. (You can buy my first book installment at the link in my bio!) At the time, worked with medium format film in the 6x7cm format – a far cry from the massive negatives produced with 8x10in view cameras! Yet those images contained an immense amount of beautiful tonal gradation and detail. This year, I’ve wanted to take that project to a whole new level by upgrading it to large format 8x10 film.
This image is entitled “Break, as to me it evokes the waves of the ocean breaking in the surf, with the larger waves in the background, the surf break in the midground, & the little ripples in the foreground. I find a fascinating irony in the fact that the desert sands can so closely resemble their seeming opposite, ocean waves. Another irony can be found in that the ocean shores are indeed lined with salty sand much like that which comprises these dunes, and that many desert regions were once ocean floors.
Today, these deserts provide us a uniquely powerful sense of solace and perspective. Their sheer magnitude and scale is breathtaking — awesome.
Intrepid 8x10 Prototype
Ilford Delta 100
Fujinon 300mm C ƒ/8.5
ƒ/45 • 1/8 • Red Filter
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