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For 50 years after his death, J. Just look at him now. In my estimation he is up there in the pantheon of photographic stars. There are photographers… and there are master photographers. Bullock is one of the latter, in my top ten classical black and white analogue photographers of all time.
By the mids Bullock was really hitting his straps and the work starts to become less didactic and more open Wynn bullock stark tree multiple interpretations and possibilities.
As Bullock says, the mysteries lie all around us waiting only to be perceived. Bullock claims the existence of these things while at the same time acknowledging that they are not generally accessible within the Western canon.
That he expresses their existence is his gift to the world. Once seen, never forgotten. How could you get such an image! It encompasses every feeling and emotion about our place in the cosmos that I could ever think of.
Bullock was only able to make ONE exposure. This is a contact print from an 8 x 10 negative. The picture was taken at sunset and the light was dim. The sun was striking only the edges of the rocks in the upper-left-hand corner. The tide pool itself was especially dull, and the light was disappearing so fast I had to make a quick exposure.
The negative is very soft because in my hurry to capture the picture, I forgot to underexpose the film so that I could expand the contrast by overdeveloping. The tide pool, a critical part of the image, is especially soft.
As soon as you use high contrast papers, everything gets more critical. A second or two variation in exposure in high contrast areas can mean the difference between seeing what I want to see, and not seeing anything but black or white paper.
Unless carefully controlled, that part goes muddy.
The rest of the photograph is secondary, but requires some burning and dodging to get tonal balance. The two go hand in hand. I have no qualms about altering the image by burning and dodging.
Wynn Bullock was born Percy Wingfield Bullock in Chicago in , and was raised in South Pasadena, California. His first career choice was singing, and during the mid-twenties he performed as a tenor in New York City and Europe before becoming fascinated with European Impressionism and . From Weston Gallery, Wynn Bullock, Stark Tree (), Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, 7 1/2 × 9 in. Our site uses technology that is not supported by your browser, so it may not work correctly. Please update your browser for the best experience.
As soon as it does, the magic is destroyed. The day this photograph was made, Dad was hauling his heavy field camera along the South Shore Trail when he happened upon a tide pool with a galaxy in its midst. He set up his equipment as quickly as he could and made his first exposure. Normally, he liked to bracket his exposures, but before he could make a second one, a gust of wind swept across the pool and the complex pattern of microscopic organisms vanished.
Fortunately, one exposure was good enough. The image remained a personal favorite for the rest of his life. But that is not the end of it, no!
Because of the thin negative Bullock had to print on grade 5 paper, the most contrasty paper that you can get. In the whole scheme of things there is a tiny window of opportunity with the exposure of this negative to get a glorious print. The whole story is quite thrilling really.
You can walk around above it a few metres in the air and see it all. Readers, you know that I am a passionate person, that I am passionate about photography.
I believe that inherent to any photograph is the ability to transcend the medium — whether that is in vernacular photography by chance or through astute observation and meditation MW and WB.Available for sale from 21st Editions, The Art of the Book, Wynn Bullock, Stark Tree, (), Platinum, 13 1/4 × 15 in.
STARK TREE, Commentary by Barbara Bullock-Wilson. In the late s, our family moved from the travel trailer in which we had been living into a newly built ranch-style house on the north side of Carmel Hill in the middle of the Monterey Peninsula.
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Available for sale from Weston Gallery, Wynn Bullock, Stark Tree (), Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 × 9 in.