darkness closing in

These images immediately precede “Depart” in my mind, but not strictly because of the emotions commonly associated with death and dying. I believe that the hard times in life, when darkness most seems to be closing in, are the times when one must exert the most effort in order to move forward. Thus, these photographs impart a palpable feeling of motion and push the viewer to consider the ubiquity of change in life. As in “Ancestral ‘Aina,” the analogy between the natural world and lived human experience is a central theme. The palladium process emphasizes not just the looming darkness, but also draws the viewer’s eye to the distant light in the images, suggesting the persistence of hope in difficult times.


Bare

Anacortes, WA

Palladium Print

Cannon

Cannon Beach, OR

Palladium Print

Sailboat

Anacortes, WA

Palladium Print

Ko'olau

Kahalu'u, HI

Palladium Print

Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach, OR

Palladium Print

Darkness Closing In

Nevada

Palladium Print

Birds Awaiting Storm

Oregon Coast

Palladium Print

Smoke & Ash

Volcano, HI

Palladium Print

Palladium Printing is a historical photographic method that dates back to the late 1800s and is done by hand coating 100% cotton rag paper with ferric oxalate and exposed with a negative in the darkroom under intense ultraviolet light. The print is highly archival and produces an exquisite warm toned image.