SAND DUNES 19 © 2007
Death Valley National Park, CA
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 had 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. Each photograph is individually hand printed in the darkroom and will vary based on factors such as artist preference, chemistry and temperature. The image displayed on the website is a digital scan of the original negative and should be considered a representation of the printed version of the art.