LOXAHATCHEE RIVER 1
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Florida
Photographic Story The Loxahatchee River is one of only two designated wild and scenic rivers in Florida. I was asked by the Water Management District of Florida to photograph it for the 10th Anniversary of the Save Our Rivers program and I was excited to experience the river. I was awed by its primeval feeling. I was certain I would see Tequesta Indians peaking out from behind the trees…it is truly a beautiful place, and one of the many treasures of Florida. I spent three years photographing the river before I felt like I had captured the essence of the Loxahatchee. On one particular day two things happened; first, the light was right, and second, I got out of my canoe and walked it down the river, rather than paddling it. I became one with the river, and it seemed like I saw perfect subjects for photographs everywhere I looked. It was a wonderful and exciting day, resulting in the capturing of many images. The Water Management District chose Loxahatchee River #1 as the image to use on their poster to celebrate the Save Our Rivers program. I shot that image while my tripod and I were deep in mud. Since this was a six-minute exposure, I had to stand very still. The slightest movement, even the movement of my toes in the mud, would have caused the tripod to shift and blur the image. 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.