November, First Snow

November, First Snow

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This snowy hillside is near Mineral Point, Wisconsin. I had noticed the hill and especially the two trees many times while driving that route. That morning I woke up and saw the snow, it was early, I grabbed my camera, a Fujifilm X-20, and captured this scene in low light. The colors in this print are subtle but present. It is not monochromatic.

The uneven black border is inspired by an old-school "full-frame" darkroom printing technique in which the rectangle in the negative holder is slightly larger than exposed frame of film. This gap along the sides allows pure enlarger light to expose the photo paper along the edges. Sometimes the brand or type of film would print.  I used this effect in the darkroom and applied the visual effect digitally on many prints from this time.

Details

  • Paper Size: 13 x 16.5 inches
  • Image Size: About 10.5 x 14 inches
  • Margins: about 1.25 inches
  • Paper: 100% cotton rag paper. Natural, off-white color with no optical brighteners. The paper's warmth and subtle texture add nuanced, artistic quality.
  • Edition of 5 prints. Prints are numbered in lower left and signed "Olson" in lower right.
  • Date: 2018

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Notes

  • Print colors are reflected light and will present differently from monitors or phones (transmitted light).
  • Colors on monitors and phones will vary.