Lenswork Magazine – 2011 Year End Gallery

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Jerusalem Chords Bridge were  chosen out of my Bridge Portfolio. In the November 2011 Edition Year Ends Gallery of Lenswork Magazine.

Looking at the two images together one cannot help notice that they have a very similar composition. Yes, that is intentional.   The Capilano was taken in early 2008 and God knows where I had the insight to come up with this fabulous composition.  In May 2010 I was in Israel and after taking several shots of the Chords Bridge and studying it further I could not help notice the resemblance and wanted to create a sister image. This image of the Chords Bridge is a daytime long exposure, 13 F-stop ND filters reduction with an approximate exposure of 4 minutes. Later in the digital darkroom it was converted to black and white.

Special thanks to Gary Ratson for helping me put in writing  my feelings and passion for Bridges. It never ended up published so I thought I  would add it here below for all those interested:

 

The motivation in producing my “Bridges’ portfolio, at essence,  comes from my love for the beauty and harmony in nature. Just as my attraction  to engineering came from a deep appreciation of solving human problems with  natural designs, capturing engineering elegance on film completes a cycle for  this passion for ordinary miracles. Only in retrospect could I realize my

initial interest in engineering came from this same devotion.

Of course, then, my path to this project was direct and purposeful  as a means to depict engineering marvels that utilize nature’s wisdom. I am  fascinated with how the efficiency and simplicity of the spider web or conch  shell inspires technological design. It is truly awe inspiring when humans  cleverly adapt what is already there.

The photographic precision is important in doing justice and  giving voice to this creative genius. Like with any work of art, I try to
capture the attention of the viewer for a prolonged momentary ‘ah ha’  revelation of their own. Reflecting innate power and splendour for others to  experience builds cultural appreciation for art, science, and the environment.

As all scientific discovery begins with the spark of original  insight, my creative process is really a non-method methodology or quite  rightly an effortless effort. Certain of what I love and want, I cannot be so  arrogant to think I can just take it. Trusting all my experiences and learning,  I attempt to surrender any linear thought, relax into the spaciousness of pure  awareness, and like any artistic experience, letting it come by letting go.

Without pre-existing formula, I wait for a spontaneous feel or  vision, a humble but certain atmosphere of rightness, of gratitude for the  opportunity to eavesdrop on live art. Inevitably, I surprise myself only later upon  reviewing the catch to find my ‘wow’ shot.