On my trip to the Everglades I stopped in to Clyde Butcher’s store. When you walk in and see the huge prints it reinforces the what happens when you take a large format negative and print it out HUGE like 40″ x 60″ something magical happens.
Clyde says it better than me.
“I want people to view my work up close,” says Butcher about his desire to create very large prints. “When you’re in nature you’re scanning from the log to the tree to the bird to the water and your mind puts the images together to create the feeling of the scene. When you view my large prints your mind does the same thing because you cannot see the image all at once. And sharpness is the key to it. Your eyes – your brain – wants things to be clear and sharp. All of that makes the viewer relate to my images in a way that is similar to the peace felt when being out in nature. I want my images to create a positive emotion in people, with the hope that they carry that emotion out into their lives to make the world a better place in which to live.”
–Clyde Butcher, Photographic Techniques
FWIW – I am loving his book “America the Beautiful”.
My takeaway – keep printing out more work this year if I want to become a better photographer. I printed this one at Christmas time and I was pretty happy.