Weathered Streambed
Weathered Streambed
Weathered Streambed
Weathered Streambed

Christopher Burkett

Weathered Streambed

Virginia, 2006

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Weathered Streambed
Weathered Streambed
Weathered Streambed
Weathered Streambed

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13x33” Cibachrome



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Weathered Streambed.” 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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“In 2006, my wife Ruth and I once again went to Sherando Lake Park in Virginia while we were on a photo trip. This year we were able to get four images at the park including Sherando Sunrise. As we traveled in our camper van we brought along our two schnauzers (the van seemed to get smaller as the weeks progressed). There’s no way I would have found this image except I was taking our dog Leo out for a walk. Thank you Leo!

The overall scene is rather inauspicious. Ruth took a photo of me as I was metering the scene with my spotmeter. The weathered streambed was mostly dry and seemed devoid of photographically interesting subject matter until I looked closely at this one particular spot.

The worn shale rocks were tilted at an angle and were covered with scattered red fallen leaves. There was a slight bit of water trickling through and had collected here and there into small pools. The soft light was perfect for the scene and it was an inevitable photograph which had to be taken. I used a 3oomm lens at f/32-1/3 with a 1/2 second exposure on Velvia 50 film, using the camera’s swings and tilts to get the image into precise focus.

The image has a unique perspective in that the weathered rock with the lighting on it appears to be a section of an almost vertical rock wall. Yet the leaves are scattered about, some floating on almost invisible small pools of water.

We have a framed 20×50″ Cibachrome of this in our home. The delicate and complex beauty of this intimate glimpse into a tiny corner of nature never grows old for me as I discover something new whenever I come back to it.”


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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.