HILLSBOROUGH RIVER RAPIDS

Hillsborough River State Park, West Florida

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Photographic story I was told that the Hillsborough River, near Tampa, has rapids. Florida has no mountains, so I couldn’t imagine rapids in Florida. I was very curious about how they would look. As I hiked toward the rapids, the sound of the water rushing over the rocks took my mind back to the rivers of California, which I had photographed when I was young. However, the Hillsborough is not like any river in California. It had been a dry spring, so the rocks stood out of the river, creating wonderful photographic opportunities. I chose a long exposure for this photograph so that the movement of the water would ‘soften’ and contrast with the hard forms of the rocks. 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 fiberbase 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.

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