Shining Waterlilies
Shining Waterlilies
Shining Waterlilies
Shining Waterlilies

Christopher Burkett

Shining Waterlilies

Maine, 1989

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
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Shining Waterlilies
Shining Waterlilies
Shining Waterlilies
Shining Waterlilies



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Shining Waterlilies.” 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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“In 2000, my wife Ruth and I discovered the Sherando Lake area of Virginia where I was able to make the “Glowing Autumn Forest” photograph. We returned in 2003, but it was a poor year for color, and windy and rainy to boot. This was 2006 and everything was looking good. We spent two days there and this image was made at sunrise on the second day.

The air was a bit chilly, typical for the end of October. The sky was clear and there was just a bit of light wind at sunrise. We parked our camper van close to Sherando Lake and I walked around looking for a photograph. There was only a whisper of fog on the lake, not as much as when we were there in 2000 when the fog drifted into the woods and enabled me to make “Glowing Autumn Forest.”

Nevertheless, I could see that the scene had potential. The hillside shadow was shrinking and moving to the right as the sun was rising. I called Ruth on our two way radios and she began to get the equipment out of the van. I grabbed the 8×10 camera case, (which had the lens I planned to use), and the tripod and asked Ruth to bring the case of film holders. There was not a moment to lose.

I quickly set up the camera and composed the image. I focused it with Ruth’s help: closing the lens at the f/stop I would call out, opening it for me to make focusing adjustments and repeating the process over and over until I was sure everything would be in focus. I then took spotmeter readings while Ruth dusted off a film holder. I put it in the camera, cocked and fired the shutter three times to make sure its speed would be correct, pulled the dark slide out of the film holder and used my 800mm Apo-Tele-Xenar lens at f/32-2/3 for a one second exposure on Velvia 50 film. Ruth somehow found time to take a photo of me taking the photograph.

When we got home after that trip this was the first image I made from our trip and was able to ship it to galleries by the middle of November.

The Cibachrome has a wide range of colors and tonalities and the abstract quality of the reflections gives an impressionist feeling to the lower part of the photograph which complements the sharp, brightly lit forest. It gives a depth that it wouldn’t otherwise have.”


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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.