Edward Fausty: Dunes/Mountains




the Dunes of Cape Cod

the Mountains of Norway

These are 42" digital pigment prints on Arches cover rag paper with a deckled edge. They were made with a Deardorff 8x10 field camera on color negative film, which I scan to produce the digital prints.

Using this large camera is a very physical and demanding process. The large film holders must be loaded ahead of time in the dark and carried along with the heavy camera and tripod. This burden is about sixty pounds, and only allows for the making of eight to ten negatives in one outing.

The image is viewed upside down projected on a ground glass surface at the back of the camera. And when the film holder is inserted viewing is no longer possible; one must remember the boundaries of the image while waiting to trip the shutter. (The camera on tripod standing beside me almost feels like a human companion rather than a machine.)

The slightest breeze will likely shake the camera enough during the long exposure to ruin the picture, so often a second exposure must be made on another piece of film for insurance. This reduces further the available film.

The potential rewards, however, are great. The 8x10 negatives capture so much detail and subtlety. The process, as challenging as it is, becomes a kind of ritual, imbued with special significance.

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    Dune Edge, Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA please scroll right for more images >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>                            Dune Saddle , Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA                                                                                                                                                                                         Dune Stick , Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fog and Sun Dune, Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA                                                                                                                                                                    Dune Footsteps and Small Peak, Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA                                                                                                                           Morning Grandeur, Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA                                                                                                                                            Girls on Beach, Central Norway Mountains                                                                                                                                                       Ana and Aasha , Central Norway Mountains                                                                                                                                                Classic View, Central Norway Mountains, Jotunheimen                                                                                                                                     Curved Accent, Central Norway Mountains, Jotunheimen                                                                                                                       Pea Pod Shaped Mountain, Central Norway, Jotunheimen                                                                                                                               Striped Light on Mountain, Central Norway, Jotunheimen                                                                                                                             Gaute, Catherine, Stella, eastern Norway                                                                                                                                                    Cloud Mimicks Mountain, Central Norway, Jotunheimen