Alain Briot Print of the Month Collection
Print of the Month Photograph Number Twenty

Celestial Sunrise
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The Photograph
I am pleased to announce the release of the twentieth Alain Briot Print of the Month Collection photograph: Celestial Sunrise.

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The Image
This photograph was created in July 2004, during a 15 day photography expedition to the the Southwest. On this expedition I used a Linhof Technikardan view camera for the first time, in addition to my trusted Linhof Master Technika. Having two view cameras, one a monoral and the other a flatbed, gave me additional flexibility for photographing. For one, I could set up both cameras at once and compose two different images, with two different lenses, of the same location. Second, the Technikardan is easier to use than the Master Technika with Super Wide Angle lenses, such as the 75mm I used for Celestial Sunrise.

This image was created at sunrise. On this particular morning wispy clouds kept moving accross the sky, creating an ever-changing composition. Each new cloud passing over me gave a slightly different feel to the scene. I took several photographs, not sure which one I would like best, because with 4x5 you do not see the composition on the ground glass when you photograph. The final image is revealed to you only when you receive your film back from the lab.

I decided on this image as my favorite after looking at all of them. I love the bold shape of the rock formation outlined against the moving clouds. I love the shape of the clouds above the rocks, the movement, the thin wisps of water vapor blowing in the high winds that carry cumulus accross the heavens. I was hoping to capture this on film. I feel very fortunate that I did. As in most of my favorite images, this is one of a kind. Although I took numerous photograph, this one stands as the only one with these exact clouds. A second later, just enough time to place another film in the camera, these clouds were gone, blown away by the wind, replaced by different ones. This image can never be created again.

I have seen other photographs of this location -albeitedly quite rarely- but I have never seen this exact composition. I therefore will be as bold as to claim I am the first photographer to photograph this scene with this exact composition, with the fanstatically shaped foreground rock framing the smaller rock behind through the opening in the middle of the rock. This was my first visit to this location -and I will make no secret that my entire expedition was geared towards discovering and photographing this rock formation- and this composition jumped at me, so to speak, when I first arrived. I tried many other compositions, but none was as strong. I was blessed when the clouds filled the sky that particular July morning, and took my composition to a level that craft alone could never have taken it. I could not have done better that morning if I had painted the clouds myself with brushes and oilk paint onto canvas. The scene in front of me, when I released the shutter, was a painting in and of itself.

The Print
This photograph is available framed and unframed. It is hand signed on the mat and the print. The frame is a handmade Mahogany Finish Frame. The moulding is truly magnificent and does emphasize the beauty of this image. The photograph I took of the moulding show very closely how beautiful this presentation is. However, these pieces looks much better in reality than a web photograph can show! You just won't believe your eyes when you receive yours. All the framing materials used are Museum Quality, archival supplies. All my work is guaranteed for life in regard to fading and damage caused by framing materials.

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