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No Light But Darkness Visible

29th nov 2012 Blog Commentaires fermés

No light, but darkness visible.

John Milton, the English poet (1604-1638) who wrote such a beautiful oxymoron in the First Book of Paradise Lost where Man loses innocence for experience. Is is not also the purpose of photography, especially black and white photography, to catch a visible enough darkness in the absence of light… Darkness visible also with this medium format camera I used for this series, a very old Lumière camera, manufactured by the Frères Lumières in 1940. The camera body is so dark, in a  special bakelite which gave it the bad reputation of being fragile and the ground glass is so dim I can barely see, I just get an intimation of dark shapes and subdued light, yet it is the way I love photographing with those old cameras. The garden is in Paris, built in 1777, and is a maze of caves, caverns, ponds, secret paths and very old trees…..

Can you imagine some other ways of expressing unfathomess, impenetrability through light?