I want to provide some commentary on landscape photography so you’ll have a little context for tomorrow’s Artist Series video on David Brookover.
Landscape photography is probably the longest running genre in the canon of photography. Being a landscape photographer usually means drawing instant comparisons to Ansel Adams or Michael Kenna.
David Brookover is a very unique landscape photographer in his choice of medium and printing techniques. This will be a very unique artist series video from a truly inspiring photographer.
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what is up everybody welcome back today I want to talk a little bit about the artist series video that will be dropping tomorrow morning and this is going to be a video on David Brooke over who I think is a phenomenal landscape photographer and I want to put some context around his work so you'll kind of know what you're getting into here because David is very different than what we think of as a traditional landscape photographer and I think that's part of what makes him so brilliant and for me he was a complete obvious choice to have included with the artist series and landscape photography I think is tough and one of the reasons I think it is hard is because it has been part of the Canon of photography throughout the entire history with the invention of photography those early emulsions were so slow in terms of light sensitivity that it was really difficult to shoot with so the obvious choice was to do stuff where you could shoot in daylight so landscapes of either an urban context or some kind of rural context and that's been a huge part of photography not only in the art side of photography but documentation alee what people are able to record doing that with not only cities but also landscapes and countryside's and the have we've observed that change over the years since we have had access to photography so this culminated I think with Ansel Adams when he came along and Ansel it's it's interesting to look at him with the you know with the eyes of being a modern photographer now to look back at Ansel but when he came out he was very progressive it was this entire divorce from pictorialism and all the other types of photography into the straight photography and with group f/64 and all that and not only from an artistic standpoint but also from a technical standpoint he and Fred Archer did an enormous amount of work with the zone system which was a way of capturing with black-and-white film a very printable negative that it was able to deal with very high contrast or low contrast you could manipulate that with temperature with development time and by using what he referred to the zones within that grayscale and knowing how to use those and it's those are techniques that are still used by film photographers today and that was amazing I think as a result though Ansel Adams set this bar that everybody gets compared to when you do black-and-white landscape photography it draws this comparison to Ansel Adams and I think that's one thing that makes it difficult there have been people who have come along who have really had their own put their own stamp on it one of the most obvious to me would be somebody like Michael Kenna particularly with some of the choices of landscape that he's done a lot of his work in Japan for instance and Michael canna has a very different approach it's high contrast he shoots at night it's very different than Ansel Adams was but I think as a result of the popularity of Kenna that that makes it even more difficult because those are the two polls they're the on the continuum of comparisons that you're going to do work that's going to get compared to one or the other now David Brooke over I don't believe that his work has comparison to either I think he has his own voice on it and there's a number of reasons why one of the things that I like David so much is that through his influences he had a lot of non landscape influences and I'm going to let him talk about that in the video tomorrow but particularly with photography photographers like Irving Penn and platinum palladium printing and bringing that into a context now platinum palladium is an older alternative process technique that David is doing modern work on and I think that's brilliant I think his his willingness to be flexible and versatile with the mediums that he chooses to print on is another big deal as well now David does not do his own printing but he does work very closely with a studio out of Flagstaff Arizona called hidden light and what was really cool is when I went out to Jackson Hole to do this interview he flew the guys from hidden light up as well actually they flew themselves one of them is a pilot they were awesome and total characters and I really had a good time hanging out with them there it was like everybody was old friends it was it was a lot of fun but anyway I have some of them in the video as well so they're able to talk about some of the processes because David works in silver gelatin he works in platinum palladium he works in Brum oil there's a wide variety and then why you would choose a specific process to get a specific look and then some of the more recent work the David's doing really starting about the time that we filmed this and some of the work is in there we recently put it in I think it's some of the most progressive still-life botanical and and study types of work that I've ever seen and he uses some non-traditional medium platinum palladium and using things that are outside rectangular or square format anyway I'm going to let you guys see that tomorrow but David he sees a hero of mine very happy and proud to call him a friend and I think you guys are really going to like this video so anyway this will be dropping tomorrow morning one thing that I want to stress on this first of all subscribe and hit the little alarm bell if you haven't already so you'll know when these videos come out it's one thing the second thing is I'm not in the artist series videos I am behind the camera and I let the artist be at centre stage so I am NOT there to remind you guys to share these things and sharing these videos is extremely important because we need to get the word out you guys know about them I had a wonderful reception to Graciela to be today's video but I'm not in the video to remind you to share so send those to your friends send the people that you think need to see them they are an intense labor of love they were crowdfunded by you guys so they belong to you and so really getting the word out to get eyeballs on these and share them I think is the most important thing I can possibly say you're going to get so tired of hearing me say that over the next four weeks here as we release the rest of season 2 but anyway I'm super excited about this David's a great guy and I think you are really in for a treat you're really going to love his work he's phenomenal so anyway that will be tomorrow so if you've enjoyed this video please remember to like it share it subscribe to the art of photography I will see you guys in the next video until then later