THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS
by Robert Glenn Ketchum
This is the story of my first major commission and book, THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS (Aperture, 1985). In 1984, #StephenShore, #WilliamClift and I received a 2-year commission from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund to photograph the #HudsonRiverValley. This blog tells the tale of the book, with many photos not seen before. Enjoy!
Monday, March 10, 2014
THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #75:
HUDSON RIVER #75: I was amazed to learn that because the tide reaches all the way up the #HudsonRiverValley to #Albany, it brings with it "southern" species to intermix with the more northerly flora / fauna and that makes the mid-river #Hudson one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. At the time of my Hudson commission, I was also doing personal work with a 4x5 view #camera that would eventually be published as the #ORDERFROMCHAOS #portfolios. Something I learned about #color while doing that work, greatly informed the pictures I was making in the #HudsonValley and also capitalized on the intense #biodiversity of the area. The larger format #cameras, including the 6x7 I was using, record an immense amount of detail. In the case of dense forest and brush, the color of individual twigs and branches become part of a larger color "haze" in the eye of the camera, and in the more barren fall and winter forests, those thickets of hazy color offered up some pretty fantastic hues.
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