MOONRISE © 1986
Photographic Story Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida – For some time I had wanted to take a shot of a full moon over the Everglades. I had been tracking the moon phases of the calendar for months waiting for the proper time…when the angle of the moon and sun align for the best effect. When the day came, I took my camera out into the ‘glades, set it up on top of my ten-foot wooden ladder, in order to get a perspective over the tops of the dwarf cypress trees, and waited. When the clouds cooperated to create a nice composition, I snapped the shutter…it didn’t work! I took the lens off, pried the shutter open, put the lens back on the camera, and used a dark slide as a shutter, guessing at the exposure time. This was the first b&w photograph I took in Florida. In the summer of 1986 I purchased my first large format 8×10” camera. Moonrise, was my first try at returning to black and white film and became one of my classic photographs. It won many awards and sold well, which told me that black and white film was what I should be doing. Moonrise changed our life, just as Ted’s death made us look at life differently. Out of the sorrow, came the light of seeing the world around us in a different way. 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.