Nature in Black and White
Nature in color
“Using Linhof Technoranma 617 and its Schneider 90mm f/5.6 Super-Angulon XL Wide Angle Lens, I found a way to truly express my relationship with nature. Panoramic photography allows me to better express every path I have roamed. Its shape, light, texture, beauty, climate and solitude, all speak by themselves. Places become states of the mind that I can bring for others to experience.”
Now in these days of the digital age I am creating panoramic images in digital format and also because Kodak stopped producing the reversible film color Ektachrome in medium format.
We have to adapt to technological changes as in any other profession.
Windows are fuel for all curious gazers and wandering minds. For me, windows are visually pure, they are a perfect metaphor to the act of perception. Windows allow the sunlight in and reveal the sights that walls hide. They hold the power of a bidirectional exchange to paint reality internally and externally.
The windows in the rural areas of Hungary have beckoned me like nowhere else. What caught my eye was the way the dwellers of the houses decorate and spruce up their home windows with deliberate and loving care. The curtains, the flowers and the many trinkets that both garnish and obfuscate the view inwards and outwards. They offer a pristine glimpse into hearth and home.
I started noticing these windows in Szentendre, Budapest and Gödöllő. The attraction reached its peak in the small town of Dunaföldvár. There, while strolling around quiet alleys, the windows of an abandoned house lured me in. Inside, I found a decaying silo of forgotten memories. What once was a home now is an archeological site devoid of life but imbued with the enigmatic pull of forlorn artifacts of mundanity. Rugs and dolls, religious paintings and effigies, dead flowers and broken table lamps, slippers and robes, hardware tools and toothbrushes, all blighted by the unforgiving power of loneliness.
What happened within those walls? Who left this house to rot? Were they ever happy? Were there tears as they left? Was there laughter before silence? What could you see through its windows before neglect took over?
I want to give you a window into this inscrutable experience. I want you to fill in the gaps in the story. I want those who face these images to let the lingering awe of silence provide the answers. And then, hopefully in those answers, you can open a window into your own personal journey.
This work was made between 1982-1983 ,I don't remember exactly which of this two years. The original work was made in black and white negative 35 mm format using ILFORD PAN F film developed in Perceptol in my own darkroom. I made about 20 rolls exploring this theme of textures on different surface of metal,walls,plastic,woods etc etc. I printed each image in the darkroom using fiber base ILFORD (black and white paper) photographic paper. I remember that I finished 20 prints in two weeks. After the prints was ready I selected my favorite images. The final result was 20. After that I toned each one with chemicals toners as Sepia toner of Kodak and Gold toner from Tetenal products by hand using brushes and cotton,also Q-Tips. After many years I lost the original negatives (the black and whites negative) but I found the prints that I put away in some place at home. I reproduced the original toned black and white prints in 1998 with Ektachrome film using my Linhof 4x5" large format camera with a roll adapter in 6x9cm format. I scanned each color transparency. I put away again the original prints that I reproduced and between 2000-2007 the original prints they disappeared again forever. I only have the digitization of these color transparencies.
I just remember the extended time I used in each photo in the hauling and retouching by hand with TONERS when there was no Photoshop in the early '80s..This is an additional value to this work. I hope you like my work.
Examples of image made with natural light.
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