Getting ready for the 2013 Art League Biennale in Hilton Head Island, SC: Van Dyke Ghost Ship print exhibited
This print is the story of an abandoned swamp boat on dry ground, in October afternoon light, caught in a mesh of leaves, air, and rays of sunlight in Edisto Island, South Carolina. I took the photo with my beloved Frères Lumière 1950 lumireflex, a medium format 6×6 TLR with amazing soft glow effect on its Spector lens ( a camera which I discovered recently really started interesting people since they saw the prints)……..I was back from a Southern lunch on a cabin like restaurant overlooking the sea on Edisto Beach, with two friends, and at the turn of the road, I suddenly noticed this ghostly shape in the woods, my friend Margie stopped the car, and I could take the picture.
A few months after, it was selected during the National Juried Competition for the 2013 Biennale in Hilton Head Island and I started working on a Van Dyke contact print: after two weeks, 5 different watercolor papers, 25 flawed prints, some despair at the 20 different zones of light and shadows in the photo and on the negative, some improvements, a lack of sun (I print in Paris on my balcony), some more experience, and finally also some touch of luck, I was able to get this one, which has this rich, dark brown chocolate I so love with VanDyke. I selected a frame, changed 5 times the paper for matting….