Pink & White Dogwoods
Pink & White Dogwoods
Pink & White Dogwoods
Pink & White Dogwoods

Christopher Burkett

Pink & White Dogwoods

Kentucky, 1991

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $6,000.00
Pink & White Dogwoods
Pink & White Dogwoods
Pink & White Dogwoods
Pink & White Dogwoods

Details

Description

Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Pink and White Dogwoods, Kentucky.” 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.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“Dogwood blossoms have caught my eye for many years and yet there have been very few occasions when I’ve photographed them. All the conditions have to come together to make a worthwhile image; not only to create a worthwhile, moving composition but it also requires the cooperation of the lighting, wind and weather.

The large, flat Dogwood blossoms are held aloft on very slender, thread-like branches and even the smallest breeze causes them to gently sway in the wind, making it impossible for large-format photography.

I had been watching these trees for several days but either there was too much wind or the light was too harsh for the delicate effect I wanted to convey. But finally on this morning, all the conditions were right for just a few minutes.

It was about 6:30 in the morning and the sun had not yet risen enough to bring harsh light to the forest. The wind was practically non-existent but there was a gentle stirring in the trees overhead that made me wonder whether the breeze would pick up before I could get the image recorded onto my film. Small puffs would cause the blossoms and branches to stir for several minutes at a time.

There are actually two blooming dogwood trees in this photograph: a pink one and a white one. The positioning of the camera was quite critical to give the impression of one spiraling tree with layer upon layer of pink and white blossoms. Even moving the camera a few inches resulted in a different composition. The deep forest beyond provided the natural backdrop and contains an intriguing combination of warm and cool muted colors.

I had time for only one exposure before the wind started moving the blossoms and a few minutes later the sunlight intruded upon the scene. It has remained a difficult image to make properly, especially to convey just the right balance of luminosity in the white blossoms while still holding as much detail as possible.

The final Cibachrome has a peaceful, almost dreamlike quality to me and gives me the feeling one gets when watching a fine ballerina in a performance like“Swan Lake.” It reminds me that the world is full of hope and joy and the image embodies a peaceful feeling that I try to maintain within myself, even in the midst of the tangled world around us.”

Condition

All Christopher Burkett photographs sold at Photography West are new and in pristine condition. HD videos of the individual piece you are purchasing are available upon request. For more information, please

Artist

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

Medium

Cibachrome, or lfochrome, 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. 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. In 2011, Cibachrome/Ilfochrome products were discontinued and it is now considered a historical process.