WHILDEN’S POND 1 © 2002
Big Cypress Gallery
Photographic Story We have named our backyard pond Whilden’s Pond in honor of the man who owned the property before us, Leon Whilden. He was a hermit that lived in Big Cypress and turned the property into an orchid nursery as well as other exotic plants. His story is interesting and Niki is working on writing it in our Journal. We’ll let you know when that happens. During the winter we get so many birds flying in to our pond that it’s like have the Discovery Channel right outside the swamp cottage window! Watching all of the birds made me long to photograph them, however doing it with a large format camera is nearly impossible because of the slow shutter speeds. Generally, animals don’t wait around to have their photo taken! So, I resolved my dilemma by using Niki’s 6×7 Pentex camera with a 1200mm lens. I was working downstairs when I looked outside and saw a beautiful egret standing majestically on a log in our pond. I ran upstairs to where I had Niki’s camera all set up and waiting, then very slowly opened the window so I wouldn’t scare the bird, and took the photograph. So, I tell folks that my bird photography is done in the comfort of my own air-conditioned home…I just opened the window and take the 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.