PEPPERWOOD 1 © 1996
Redwood National Park, CA
Photographic Story Long before I became a photographer, I was in awe of the redwood forests of California. The enormous size of the trees and their feeling of age and eternity, captured my soul. When taking photographs became a part of my lifestyle in 1969, I went north every summer to photograph the redwood forests. During that period of my life, I was using color film. When my family moved to Florida and I changed from color to black and white film, I developed an intense desire to return to the redwoods to photograph them again, but this time in black and white. My return to the redwoods enhanced the connection I have always felt with these magnificent giants. This image was taken at f/45 and because of the soft early-morning light, the exposure lasted ten minutes. Analog – Archival Silver Gelatin Photograph Clyde’s silver gelatin black and white images are created using an 8” x 10”, 11” x 14”, or 12” x 20” view camera. Clyde prints his images in his own darkroom on fiber-base paper in a limited edition. The photographs are selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. His images come in sizes from 8” x 10” inches to 5’x 8’ feet. His love of art and nature is seen in the exceptional detail and more subtle textures of his photography.