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My photo treasures: Christopher Burkett
I have discovered Christopher Burkett's photography while we were living in the US and I am glad that I bought his two books Intimations of Paradise and Resplendent Light. Two wonderful coffee table books with many excellently printed photographs of trees, autumn colors, mountains and intimate landscapes. The photograph below entitled Sunrise and Autumn Blueberries is a favorite of mine and is also included. It must be really impressive to see these wonderful photographs as large format gallery prints and I hope that I will have the opportunity one day.
Christopher Burkett uses analog large format cameras, prints all his photographs himself on Cibachrome and employs sophisticated masking techniques to create his visions. He spends just a few weeks a year taking photographs and invests the remainder on meticulously and painstakingly perfecting and creating each fine print. I assume that he is one of the worlds best color printmakers and has an incredible dedication and veracity towards his vision. I very much like his artists statement:
"...Photography is an expression of the world we live in, and of what we see and experience. Many contemporary photographs seem filled with negativity and warped, malignant things.That these negative things and perceptions exist now for a time in the world with us is indisputable, but I feel strongly that there is no need to give life and strength to them. Too often, attempting to represent the sacred in nature is maligned as being naive or simplistic, and is said to be unchallenging and visually unsophisticated. This need not be so.
The purpose of my photography is to provide a brief, if somewhat veiled, glimpse into that clear and brilliant world of light and power. ..."