Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry
Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry
Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry
Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry

Christopher Burkett

Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry

Maine, 1994

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry
Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry
Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry
Frosted Grass & Lavender Blueberry



Original Cibachrome photograph individually handmade by Christopher Burkett from 8×10-format transparency film, mounted on cotton rag Antique Rising Museum Board. Signed in pencil on mount with title, date and edition number on verso.



“In the fall of 1994 I headed east to photograph. Each year, I try to go to new places, in addition to returning to locations which I’ve found to have real photographic potential. Each place in the world has unique foliage and lighting conditions, which give a unique palette to photographs taken in these areas.

In 1994, my destination was the blueberry fields of Maine. Often times, (perhaps most times), the photo destination does not prove productive, for various reasons. Quite often, the best photographs of a journey are taken on the way to or from the point of (supposed) interest. Happily, this was not the case for the blueberry fields.

After reaching the state of Maine, I traveled about for several days, in search of colored fields. I found a few, but most fields were extremely flat and were limited in their photographic potential. Near the northern border of the state, near the town of Meddybemps, I found the field I had traveled 4,000 miles to see.

It was a field owned by a Mr. Gillespie, who kindly allowed me to photograph it from the road. We camped out a few miles from the field and photographed it for at least three days. I exposed more film while photographing this field than I have on any other subject, before or since—using over 50 sheets of 8×10 film. I discovered that the best time for photographs was right at sunrise, when the frost was still on the leaves and the light was warm and angled. During this time, I photographed another image, Sunrise and Autumn Blueberries, which has proved to be extremely popular.

This image was taken less than 50 yards from the Sunrise photograph, on the same morning. The sun had not yet risen, and these blueberries lay in a shallow ditch which ran next to the field. I used my Nikkor 240mm W lens, at f/45. The camera was tilted almost straight down, and the swings and tilts, (both front and back), were used extensively. I had to work fast as the sun rises quickly in October. I had to give an additional +1 stop exposure correction due to bellows extension.

The Cibachrome is extremely difficult to make properly and required at least four days of experimenting in the darkroom before achieving the results I was looking for. I made several different masks, changing the contrast and tone reproduction at least five times. Additionally, finding the correct color balance took considerable time and materials—I’m sure that I used at least 15 full sheets of paper doing tests. Delicate balance is required for the photograph to have the right feeling. I reminds me visually of calligraphy—almost becoming ‘letters of light as the shapes, forms and colors move across the image.”


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Christopher Burkett has labored for over four decades to create what many regard as the most impeccable and luminous color photographs in the history of photography. Gifted with a contemplative spirit as well as painter’s eye, Burkett has an uncommon ability to capture the natural world in a manner that simultaneously reflects “the world behind the world” as Minor White and Paul Caponigro might have put it. And although Burkett has been compared by curators to American color landscape photographers Eliot Porter and Ernst Haas, whose genre of American landscape photography he extended, neither of them exclusively developed their own film, nor attempted the darkroom standard clearly in evidence upon viewing Burkett’s original Cibachromes.

christopher burkett in his darkroom


Cibachrome, also known as Ilfochrome, is among the most stable of all color photographic processes. The dyes reside within the emulsion layers, giving the photograph its characteristic color saturation. The base is a polyester triacetate, rather than fiber-based paper, which adds to the longevity. It was a positive-to-positive photographic process based on the Gasparcolor process, created in 1933 by Bela Gaspar, a Hungarian chemist. Purchased after the merger of Ilford UK and Ciba-Geigy Photochemie of Switzerland, the process was first trademarked and marketed as Cibachrome in 1963. Each Cibachrome is composed of ten layers containing various combinations of light-sensitive silver halides and dyes that are sensitive to blue, green, or red light waves, which gives it an incredible depth and three-dimensional quality. After exposure of a positive, either through an enlarger or direct contact, the Cibachrome must be developed with black-and-white developing chemicals. This step creates a silver negative image within the layers. Next, the photograph must be bleached. The bleaching rids the photograph of dyes in proportion to the amount of silver that has been developed in the previous step and produces a positive dye image in color. In 2011, Cibachrome/Ilfochrome products were discontinued and it is now considered a historical process.