Pink Floating Leaves
Pink Floating Leaves
Pink Floating Leaves
Pink Floating Leaves

Christopher Burkett

Pink Floating Leaves

Kentucky, 1990

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
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Pink Floating Leaves
Pink Floating Leaves
Pink Floating Leaves
Pink Floating Leaves



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Pink Floating Leaves.” 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 1990-1991, I received a grant from the trustees of Bernheim Forest in Kentucky to photograph throughout the forest. Part of the agreement was that I could stay at a cabin in the woods and photograph as long as I wished, within reason!

Every day during my autumn visit to the forest, (except for half of one day), the sun was out in full strength. This type of lighting makes it almost impossible to photograph the woods, as the contrast between the sunlight and shaded areas is too severe.

That fall, as I photographed for several weeks, I became familiar with many secluded sections of the forest, since I had access to the entire forest–which included many large areas normally closed to the public.

These leaves were floating at the edge of a small pond in the middle of the forest, where the deer and other woodland animals would come to drink. For three days I came back to the pond and studied it, taking about eight or ten photographs. Each time I saw the pond it was quite different. The wind would push the leaves from one side of the pond to another.

The trees were constantly dropping fresh leaves onto the surface of the pond, and the wind was continually rearranging them. When I took this photograph, I set the camera up around six times before I got this image. Each time I would get all set, a slight breeze would appear and send the leaves spinning, rearranging the photograph. Additionally, the sunlight was passing through the branches and leaves on the trees on the other side of the pond, causing the lighting to constantly vary.

In this image, you can see the soft, angled sunlight gently dappling the leaves, and the dark trees and blue sky reflected in the pond. The photograph reminds me of the fleeting nature of all things material, as well as the incredible beauty surrounding us. To me the photograph shows the perfection of the beauty in the world which incorporates the results of the wear and tear of the elements, such as worm holes, tears, and mud splatters, and rejoices in all things!”


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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.