All the great view camera masters from Ansel Adams to Sally Mann would certainly agree that it makes no difference if the subject is portraiture, landscapes, or abstracts, there is no other way to be immortalized than on a large format negative.
The beauty is having the possibility to provide detail beyond what the unaided eye can see stands as the ultimate goal.
The very basic task of creating an image on a multitude of levels becomes a challenge. Accompanying the flexibility that comes with operating the view camera is an increased margin for error. The worst of which is the beginner’s tendency to under-use these capabilities and treat the apparatus as though it was a fixed 35mm or medium format camera. Point. Focus. Shoot. What a waste of a brilliantly versatile instrument. Yet, the results can be still quite amazing. The image detail never ceases to disappoint.
Görlitz – International Workcamp is the first of several upcoming series where I feature photographs of the participants who took part in these unforgettable projects. It is my goal that these images will–in my own fashion–reveal the beauty of cultural, national, and age diversity while celebrating their efforts to live together, work together, play together, and together inspire future generations to coexist in this ever changing world. A. Reid
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