Numinous Pacific
Numinous Pacific
Numinous Pacific
Numinous Pacific

Christopher Burkett

Numinous Pacific

Oregon, 2006

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Numinous Pacific
Numinous Pacific
Numinous Pacific
Numinous Pacific



Original Cibachrome photograph individually handmade by Christopher Burkett from 6×6-format transparency film, mounted on cotton rag Antique Rising Museum Board. Signed in pencil on mount with title, date and edition number on verso.

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“One winter’s day in 2006, I found myself on the north Oregon coast, photographing the ocean during what is politely called “unsettled weather.” On this afternoon there was a series of rain squalls that came and went with occasions when a spot of sunlight would peek through the clouds.

I had my Hasselblad with my 300mm Zeiss Tele-Superachromat lens on my sturdy Sachtler carbon fiber tripod and had prefocused the lens on the waves in front of me, calculating the proper exposure on Provia film. Remarkably, a narrow beam of sunlight came though the storm clouds and landed right where I had prefocused. I waited for a small wave to pass through it and then made this one photograph with the light on the calm spot between the waves. And then it was gone. The entire time the light was on the ocean was less than seven seconds. It was unforgettable.

The blue-black colors and highly resolved texture of the water in the Cibachrome, combined with the rain in the background and a hint of sunlight in the upper right corner give an almost biblical feel to the image for me, similar to a Gustave Dore etching. The feeling I get from this photograph is of grace and light, thus the name.”


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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.