WALTON RANCH © 2011
North Port, FL
Photographic Story One of the locations I photographed while I was Artist in Residence at the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast was the Walton Ranch. The Foundation negotiated the purchase of the 3700 acre Walton Ranch with Sarasota County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Protecting these lands enhanced the Myakka River Landscape Island, which now encompasses more than 106,000 acres. Walton Ranch was filled with photographic opportunities. I’m so glad this property was saved from development. It is truly a piece of paradise. The day we went out to Walton Ranch was wet and it rained on and off all day. The rain made it difficult to photograph, but the light was perfect. Nice and overcast, which meant the light wasn’t harsh anywhere. Due to the overcast conditions, a 30 second exposure was required for this photograph. 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.