The last two weeks in Missoula have been unrelentingly cold with inversions trapping the valleys under a veil of dismal grey. For many people this has been trying–particularly since we are all breathlessly waiting for snow and the beginning of ski season. But the photographer in me has been rejoicing because the fact that the daytime temperatures never rise above the mid-20s means that the pond and riverbank have been an ever-changing landscape of ice. The fascinating forms captured by the freezing water are artworks far surpassing what my own imagination could ever conjure up.
In a workshop at the Photographer’s Formulary with Dan Burkholder, I learned how to use precious metal leafing techniques with prints made on translucent velum. This creates a modern take on the famous orotones done by Edward S. Curtis in the 19th century west.
This technique is wonderfully suited to my series of icescapes. A selection of these silver leafed prints are in the current show at the Dana Gallery in Missoula, MT.