- Title: Rain Dancer
- State/Province/Region: Arizona
- Country: United States
- Nearest Area: This location is deep within my home area of the Navajo Nation.
- Nearest Town: Tuba City, Arizona ?
- Brief Directions: Extreme back country deep within the Navajo Nation; home.
- Notes: "In the last century, a long list of the world’s master photographers have chosen Platinum-Palladium printing for their most important and intimate images: among them are Paul Strand, Irving Penn, Alfred Stieglitz, Frederick Evans, and Laura Gilpin. Despite the scarcity, expense, and painstaking nature of the printing process as it was being developed, history’s most revered photographers chose this method. Contemporary masters continue to prize this printing method above all others.
We are very aware that photographers such as Edwards S. Curtis and others have photographed Native American subject matter and produced platinum/palladium photographs. But, to our knowledge, there are no or an extremely low likelihood of Native American photographers that have or are currently working in the process." Stephen S.
With the approach of film in mind, it's really a quality approach vs. quantity. Photographing on film has always been a way to bring back the good old days. Although I own and seldom use a few of Nikon's high-end Pro-line of digital camera's and lens, film has been more exciting and provides an experience I can't seem to find in digital capture. There's just that "feeling" that is missing when I'm behind the D3X or the D800.
The image received 1st Place at the 2013 Heard Guild Indian Market and Fair in Photography. I will enter the 25"x40" Framed Image for the 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market in August. These are 2 of the most prestigious Fine Art events for Native American artists on the planet.
- Best Season: Summer
- Description: I took the exposure in July of 2012 just prior to a very large monsoon storm that hit the Navajo Reservation. As the monsoon season ended, I found out I was standing at the head of the largest storm of the year!
I took the negative into the traditional wet darkroom and created a 25"x40" Platinum Palladium print on Kozo paper.
I titled the image "Rain Dancer" because out on the sand dune, this is the only living thing and it seems to have a history of faith and surviving.
It waits just like an animal in the Serengeti for moisture. It stands there with a majestic posture as if the last living soul of a soon-to-be, lost tribe.
Through photography, my vision is to keep the old ways alive both in image capture and Navajo culture.
- Gear: Tachahara 4x5 Field Camera, 90mm Schneider lens, Illford Delta 100 B/W film, Manfrotto Tripod and Head, Platinum Palladium Print
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