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One Photographer’s View

a series of photographs and comments on them by Gary Richardson

Zabriskie Serenade Triptych

Death Valley, California, 1974–2011

Left panel: Debra serenades the Amargosa badlands & Black Mtns. from Zabriskie Pt.

Center: Gower Gulch.

Right: Manly Beacon, then Red Cathedral, with the snow-capped Panamint Mountains on the distant horizon.

For this composite panorama, 11 photos were stitched together: 10 were shot looking west from the Zabriskie Point overlook in spring 2011.

Debra, playing flute in the exact same spot in 1974, was captured on a 35 mm Kodak Ektachrome slide, which was scanned, digitized, and merged into place in the stitched 2011 panorama.

Transcept: Homage à Georgia & Ansel

San Francisco de Assis Mission Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 2010

The church, from which I abstracted a view of its transcept, was a favorite subject of both painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Ansel Adams, who made it famous in the 1930s.

Mesquite Flats Dunes

Death Valley National Monument, 1974

This image, originally a 35mm Kodak Ektachrome slide shot in 1974, was scanned and digitized, then printed on canvas for its painterly textures.

For a brief video of the 2010 spring wildflower bloom in Death Valley, view this YouTube video: Death Valley Wildflowers, April 2010

Photographer’s Statement

Gary E. Richardson has been capturing light in boxes since he was given a Kodak Brownie camera when he was seven years old. In recent years, like many photographers, he has been fascinated with the enhanced capabilities of digital technology to render light so as to emphasize specific visual elements created as the momentary presence of each photon is recorded digitally.

Contact info:
Phone: (208) 336-2128
website: Richardson’s Rummage: “Odds & Ends from the Collection” of Gary’s photos & writing


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