David Bayles

This photograph was made with a view camera in the early 1970s, under the influence of reading John Cage and of wondering about randomness. I deliberately sought randomly organized objects as subjects — among them scatterings of driftwood imbedded in wind-smoothed sand (see Figure 14, p. 21) and jumbles of fallen flowers and leaves.

But by November, fallen leaves are drab. The negative was developed about N + 2; even so, there was a need for considerable burning of the darker values and some holding back of the lighter ones, all on fairly contrasty paper.

There is a kind of picture that glows even though the range of tones is quite compact, deep, and relatively soft. While such pictures may be hard to print, the tonalities aren't really hard to previsualize. The harder part is the anticipation of what — if anything — is the real content.

David Bayles studied photography with Ansel Adams and, together with Ted Orland, is the author of Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. David's work has been widely exhibited. He lives and works in Eugene, Oregon.

Untitled, 1970s.
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