Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries
Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries
Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries
Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries

Christopher Burkett

Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries

Maine, 1994

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $4,000.00
Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries
Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries
Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries
Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries

Details

Description

Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Sunrise & Autumn Blueberries, Maine.” 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 mount verso.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“At the beginning of any of my photographic trips, I have some sort of goal in mind—some destination where I am headed. Often times, the journey to and from, and the photographs taken along the way prove much more interesting and worthwhile than the planned location. However, in 1994, the destination provided one of my most successful images.

In 1994, my goal was to head for the wild red blueberry fields of Maine—I had heard of these fields throughout many years, and I felt sure that this area had real potential. Ruth and I traveled for over two weeks across the country along a generally northern route and when we arrived in Maine, the blueberries had not yet turned colors. So we went further north to Grand Manan Island, off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada for a week and then back to Maine.

I had a great atlas of Maine with all the topographic features but I was unsure where to find the fields or what to expect when I did. After talking with numerous local people, Ruth and I were able to ascertain where to start looking. We spent some time “in search of the Red Blueberry” throughout the entire northwest area of Maine.

The blueberries are native and wild to Maine. They grow only a few inches off the ground and are managed by the local farmers in, occasionally rather large fields. Usually these semi-wild fields are small and flat and while interesting, are not particularly exciting to photograph.

I found one field to be the most interesting—the one in this photograph. It was quite large, had some areas of rolling terrain, and the colorful autumn trees at the back of the field. For four days I photographed this field, mostly in the first few minutes of sunlight in the morning and the last few rays at night. I shot more film on this field than I have on any other subject—about 50 sheets of 8×10 film!

Ruth talked with the owner of the property and got his permission to use the dirt roads which traversed the property, (thank you Mr. Gillespie!), although we were careful to not walk on the plants themselves. We camped about one mile away, in an old gravel quarry on a dead end road, so that we could be there morning and night.

I found the conditions in the morning to be visually the most interesting, due to the frost which often formed overnight and gave more shape and color to the plants. Over a few days time, I began to understand precisely where the sun would rise and how the light played across the fields. This photograph, taken on the last morning, was the most successful image of the series.It has proven to be an immensely popular photograph even from its first introduction—oftentimes drawing surprised “oohs and aahs” from viewers. It was especially difficult for me to create it properly in the darkroom, and it wasn’t until August of 1995 that I was finally able to make a Cibachrome which I considered successful. To me it brings forth feelings of a festive celebration and a simple rejoicing in the exuberance and vitality of life.”

Condition

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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, 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.