“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones” – John Maynard Keynes
“If you see something you have seen before, don’t click the shutter” – Alexey Brodovitch
Klaus Rossler © copyright
A couple of years ago I was camped on a lone group of islands in the middle of Lake Nipigon, taking shots for my ‘Views From The Edge’ project. I was the only one on this 80 – 100 km lake and Darren Goodman, Captain of the ‘Jesse James’, was going to pick me and my canoe up in a week or so. One of the islands was burned by lightning the year before and the dead trees were just screaming to be photographed. I took lots of shots and many were ok as they came. But what is this?…some kind of “Film Noir” scene? – well, you guessed it – they are just reversed. They are colour negatives – the white overcast sky became black, or very dark, and all other colours switched to the other side of the colour wheel, or complementary colour. The reason you don’t see much of a colour at all is because there wasn’t much to begin with – on a gray day in a scorched moon-landscape. But they are not B&W’s. I came upon it by accident and I liked it. I remember in the old days experimenting in Bernd’s darkroom, making ‘solarizations’ etc. … why not make a print from a negative? – now of course in the digital darkroom, without the chemicals. Anyways – anything new and unusual is attractive (except to conservative brains, of course)…if I look through the viewfinder and I see something familiar … naaah!
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