“Emerged From The Cold”

“To stop rushing around, to sit quietly, to switch off the world and come back to earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a cloud, a leaf… is an unforgettable experience”                                      – Frederick Frank





The snow is gone and remains of last year’s plants emerge as mummies, morbid relics of last summer’s gardening. I prefer the wilted, wrinkled look of browns and drab hues over the lush summer greens. Decay and mold create textures and colours that could never be dreamed up and imagined. At the same time I happened to come across some textures I collected over the years – photographs of rusty metals, stained paper, grungy walls and industrial surfaces. By applying a process called Orton Technique,  two (or more) images are combined, or ‘sandwiched’. In the film days slides were literally put on top of each other, showing a combined image – now done digitally. As a result, the stained, scratched and moldy look of old photo-plates is recreated. A bit of trickery, but the combination of natural decay of the object with the aged look of the print go well together. “You don’t take a photograph-you make it” – Ansel Adams

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4 responses to ““Emerged From The Cold”

  • “Flowers” « Klaus Rossler-Blog

    […] B&W? Why not wilted, wrinkled, with the nice textures and subdued coloures of decay? (see post ‘Emerged from the Cold’) One of the above is not even a photograph – its done on a flatbed scanner with a dark […]

  • Hana Beitl art

    It is good to know what you have been working on. I had no idea. These images are attractive and recall pictures found in old photo albums with rusty edges and preserved sense of natural decay. They celebrate the seemingly unusual, under-reported surprise of nature’s mere appearance via surface decoration,while revealing a single slice of multiple layers of “reality” as we know it. Always, there is so much more to be seen if one continues to search fearlesly and LOOK deeper into the inner, intuitively preceived structure of interconnected parts that make us whole. That is what makes us, or ultimately images we construct,to feel little closer to the “real”.

  • Klaus Rossler - Photography

    What a great, knowledegable comment. Comes another quote to mind: “Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it “creative observation.” Creative viewing”
    – William S. Burroughs
    Thank you, Barb

  • Barbara Jaworski

    Kind of goes with Oscar Wilde’s view that nature imitates art – our perceptions of nature are determined by the artist’s presentation:

    “For what is Nature? Nature is no great mother who has borne us. She is our creation. It is in our brain that she quickens to life. Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that have influenced us.”

    He uses as an example the way the Impressionists changed the eyes with which people saw nature:

    “Where, if not from the Impressionists, do we get those wonderful brown fogs that come creeping down our streets, blurring the gas-lamps and changing the houses into monstrous shadows?”

    Also with your photographs

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