New Aerial Photographs

I feel like I have been working non-stop the last few months and have a huge back log of negatives piling up. I’m really looking forward to spending a few weeks in the darkroom this summer getting all the new work printed. Thankfully I am able to get an idea of what I have done from quickly scanning the negatives. There is no substitute for having a contact sheet though.

Here are a few from the first edit of four rolls of my aerial project I started when I was out West a few weeks ago. It was my first time photographing from a plane, and it was exponentially more difficult than I could have imagined. Outside of all the technical considerations, my real concern was being able to photograph knowing that there have been so many great aerial photographs made in the last 100 years. How can you photograph over the desert without thinking of Wlliam Garnett’s or Emmet Gowin’s or David Maisel’s photographs. The only thing you can do is acknowledge them, and trust your vision.

Joshson Valley OHV Area
Johnson Valley OHV Area
Johnson Valley OHV Area
Johnson Valley OHV Area
Johnson Valley OHV Area

About Richard Boutwell

I am an emerging photographer originally from the Hi-Desert of Southern California, and relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2002 for an intensive apprenticeship with the photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee. I now live in Philadelphia, and concentrate on my own projects and writing.
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