Photographing in Oil is a tongue in cheek title but comes from an earnest place. I was wondering, could I photograph within the constraints of a disciplined landscape painter? The subject matter of the agricultural life of the San Luis Valley lent itself to that project. There's a chance for formal repetition with similar structures and settings. I wanted detail to be a primary aspect of the work and as buildings and electric lines and fields came into the frame I thought of them as choices of the painter's imagination. To take it further I decided upon a fixed focal length of 180mm, experimented and came to an unusual aspect ratio, mainly photographed during the same time of day, and worked at a similar distance from the objects in the frame. Detail and consistency. Composition and repetition. These were new boundaries. I found that having these limitations was a pleasure and allowed the decision-making to really be about the structure of the photograph rather than searching for a moment.
Prints comes in three sizes, editions of 12.
White Farm House with Red Roof, San Luis Valley, CO.
Farm House and Mountains with Potato Field, San Luis Valley, CO.
Canola Field with Center Pivot Sprinkler and Buildings, San Luis Valley, CO.
Simple Composition of Field in Disuse and Telephone Poles, near Monte Vista, CO.
Storage Tanks, Highway 285, near W Country Road 6-N, San Luis Valley, Colorado
Three Connected Storage Stuctures Alongside Rd 105N, South of Center, CO.
Field in Disuse with Rolls of Hay and Telephone Poles, just west of Hwy 17 near Hooper, CO.
Single Haybale Wall in Green Field, Saguache, CO.
Potato Field and Canola Flowers with Sangre de Cristo mountain range behind, east of Center, CO.
Potato Field with Farm Buildings, San Luis Valley, CO.
Trees on the Plain from HWY 285, Near Monte Vista, CO.
Furrowed Soil and Single Tree, County Road 112, near Center, CO.
Farm House and Yellow Field, County Road 112, San Luis Valley, CO
Grain Bins and Trees, possibly barley, south of Center, Colorado.
Series of Silver Grain Bins in Bright Sun, off Highway 285, near Center, CO.
Farm to the Southwest with Hay Bales and Out Buildings, near Monte Vista, CO.
Distant Farming Structures over a Green Field, late October.
Farm House and Barns with Two Trees on HWY 285, October 16, 2020, near Center, CO.
Fall Farmhouse, Tree and Field, near Monte Vista, Colorado.
Facing the Saguache Range from Center, CO.
Large Cumulus Cloud Over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Farm, Country Road D, near Center, CO
Pivot Irrigation in Winter, northern San Luis Valley, CO.