All of these features were formed by the movement of a glacier. By its nature a glacier is dynamic, more a river than a mountain. The formations are ever changing. Ice caves form and crash in a matter of hours. Moulins go from impossibly blue pools to deep endless abysses in the span of a day. The glacier itself is fleeting, a moving river of ice with the power to carve out the most beautiful valleys.
When witnessed from a distance the glacier does resemble a river but when seen up close, when stood upon or climbed in to the formations and shapes take on their own alien appearance. When reviewing my many frenzied photo shoots from glacial visits I realized that many of my best shots were not of the whole but of these strange abstractions.
The perspective change after months standing in a valley surrounded by familiar mountains and then being lifted to their level and above. The shapes and the play of light between clouds. The silty streams of glacial runoff mixing in to the deep blue of the salty fjord. Aerial photography is taking off with drones but nothing beats climbing in to a single engine propeller plane and exploring the mountains with an Alaskan bush pilot.
All of these shots are from the upper Lynn Canal in SE Alaska, in and around (and above) Glacier Bay National Park.
A contact print is a classic printing style usually associated with large format photography. A large negative is pressed up to light sensitive paper and exposed to ultra violet light to create a print.
These prints are made on paper sensitized with the palladium/platinum process. The texture in the prints is from the high quality matte paper used to soak up the light sensitive platinum and palladium salts, these metals are so stable that the paper will fall apart before the image begins to fade.
These still life photographs were made using the tintype process.
Tintype is a style of wet plate photography where the image is shot and processed before the light sensitive emulsion has a chance to dry. It was popular during the civil war era and has had a resurgence in the last few years.
The still life's are part of a collaboration with another artist, Kailey Fry. They were displayed alongside their counterparts in Los Angeles last year in a gallery focusing on collaborative works.