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Black & White Landscapes - by Scott Walton

NOTE: this exhibit appeared in March 1999. Click here to visit the current showcase.

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Ceiling, Lower Antelope Canyon

Ceiling; Lower Antelope Canyon, AZ

Arch, Lower Antelope Canyon

Arch; Lower Antelope Canyon, AZ

Tree, Virgin River

Tree, Virgin River; Zion N.P., UT

Two Trees

Two Trees; Old Man's Cave, OH


Hosta; Columbus, OH

Black Ice

Black Ice; Columbus, OH


Palmetto; Niceville, FL

Waterholes Canyon

Waterholes Canyon, AZ

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River; AZ

Near Taos, NM

Near Taos, N.M.

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows; Yosemite N.P., CA


The Ledges; Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation area; Cleveland, OH

Chippewa Creek

Chippewa Creek; Brecksville Reservation; Cleveland, OH

Shiprock, NM

Shiprock, N.M.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell, AZ

The Pulpit

The Pulpit; Zion N.P., UT

Near Church Wells, UT

Near Church Wells, UT

About the Exhibit:

Welcome to PhotoTripUSA's first Black and White Showcase. With these images we hope to introduce our audience to the rich tradition of photographing the land in black and white.

The powerful ability of the internet to easily display color images sometimes leads to the promotion of color at the expense of black and white. Here we hope to remedy that situation by featuring monochrome images as artistic statements about the landscape.

There exists a long-standing tradition of western landscape photography; often overshadowing anything done 'back east'. I will not fight that trend with this group of images. However, as a life-long resident of the Midwest, and now a recently transplanted southerner, I will attempt to show that landscape photography does exist east of the Mississippi.

The typical subject matter of black and white landscape photography has been whimsically described as 'roots and rocks'. One reason for this is that unlike most other subjects, they tend to hold still for the long exposures often required by low light as well as the small lens apertures used to make images with sharp focus and maximum detail. Additionally, Earth's beautiful natural forms lend themselves to creative interpretation; making the successful photograph more than just a record of that which is before the lens. To quote Edward Weston from 1930: "This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.-Significant presentation-not interpretation."

About the Photographer:

I've been photographing the landscape for about eight years. A workshop experience in 1992 transformed my thinking and understanding about a life spent in creative photography, helping to sharpen my focus and clarify my goals.

I am interested in the history of photography and believe that an understanding of the past can help clarify the present and future. With this in mind I study the old masters and the current crop of excellent workers who knew them. This current group of teacher/photographers is our link to the very beginnings of what is now often taken for granted and ridiculed, but never surpassed for revealing the wonderful beauty of Creation: Straight Landscape Photography. It is in this tradition that I work.

It is my deliberate intention to create excitement for this type of photography and to encourage others to pursue it. I've done a little teaching and lecturing; and hope to expand this creative outlet in the future.

Thanks to a very understanding wife, I've been fortunate to be able to travel and spend a great deal of time on personal work both far from and close to home. I expose between 300 and 500 sheets of 4x5 film per year on non-commercial, creative photography and this leaves many older negatives unprinted while new ones continue to appear.

I am fortunate to have my work represented by two wonderful galleries: The Soho Gallery in Pensacola, FL and Todd Crockett Fine Art in Little Rock, AR.

I thank my photographic cohorts for their inspiration, perspiration and companionship over the years. Many of them were with me when these images were made and in some cases could not have been created without them! To Kenner Bush, Michael Kraft, Laurent Martres, Gene Mezereny, and Steve Peterson; thanks for your input, encouragement and for sharing your vision. Your contributions have been invaluable.  A special thanks to Jim Shively who taught me more about photography than anyone and who generously shared his resources, allowing me to grow at a vital time in my career.

Please see my September '98 Showcase for additional information and images.

Technical Notes:
All the photographs were made with a Zone VI 4x5 view camera and lenses ranging from 65mm to 450mm. Film is Tri-X, developed in HC-110 'B'. Exposures were determined with the aid of a Pentax Digital Spot meter and the Zone system.

Find photos of the Colorado Plateau in Land of the Canyons, the Photo Trip USA landscape photography guide book.

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