Translucent Forest
Translucent Forest
Translucent Forest
Translucent Forest

Christopher Burkett

Translucent Forest

Colorado, 2003

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $2,000.00
Translucent Forest
Translucent Forest
Translucent Forest
Translucent Forest



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Translucent Forest, Colorado.” 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.

The 40×50″ Museum Edition is limited to 15 total. Due to the size and delicate nature of the artworks, they must be shipped directly to a professional framer of your choice. For clients in the Bay Area, we also offer framing and installation services. Please contact us for additional information.



“This photograph was taken during one of those autumns in Colorado when all of the conditions come together to create a very high potential for creative and worthwhile photographs. In this particular case, my wife Ruth and I were in the mountains, in an area filled with thick aspen forests at their full peak color.

We parked our vehicle at a turnout on a dirt road, and I hiked up a ravine that was filled with trees. While the ravine seemed to have lots of potential, I couldn’t find a composition that captured the feel of enveloping light. After about an hour of searching, while working my way up the ravine, I finally came to the top of the ridge. As I gazed to the East, I found the composition that had been calling to me. I looked long and hard at the situation and hoped that the light would remain constant, as it was a long hike back to the van to get my 8×10 view camera.

I called Ruth on our two-way radio, met her back at the van and packed up several cases of equipment and the tripod. We practically ran up the hill, or at least as fast as we could jog, considering the high altitude and the 100 pounds of gear we were carrying. I used my 360mm lens with the maximum amount of front rise that the lens would allow. This not only prevented the keystoning effect, but it also gave the visual qualities I was looking for. The center of the lens image is actually at the bottom of the photograph. As you look to the top, the trees seem to soar upwards. This is the visual effect one sees when in the forest, looking up at the trees, but it cannot be obtained photographically without the use of the view camera adjustments.

More than any of my others photographs, this photograph seems to capture the sense of peaceful, enveloping light and the taste and fragrance of a heavenly place just beyond the veil of this earthly world.”


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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.


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.