SAND DUNES 19
Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada
Photographic Story When I was young I had traveled through Death Valley without seeing anything to photograph. Now that I’m older, I wanted to return to see if my eyes and heart were seeing the world more clearly. What I found was a geological treasure. Everywhere I turned was a wonderful photographic opportunity! I spent a couple of weeks at Death Valley in April and experienced a variety of weather. The most difficult weather was the wind because it whipped up the dust and sand, which would get into my camera. I couldn’t photograph on those days. Toward the end of the trip I still hadn’t photographed the dunes because of the wind. Fortunately, a few days before I was to leave, the wind to stopped. To capture this image I hiked for about a mile off the main road to reach the dunes. I was looking for an area where the tourists left no footprints. As I walked up into the dunes I was overwhelmed with their sculptural beauty. Once again, everywhere I turned was a photographic opportunity. I used my 5×7 large format view camera and 72mm lens. 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.