Clyde Butcher Inspires My Black and White Photography – Tribute   Leave a comment

I consider Clyde Butcher to be the Ansel Adams of today. What Adams did for the American West, Butcher does for the Florida Everglades. I interviewed Clyde back in 2003 when I was writing for a Sarasota, Florida weekly. I found him to be warm and outgoing with a willingness to share his knowledge of photography.

The image above is my tribute to Clyde and a thank you for the inspiration that he gives.

Clyde Butcher was interviewed recently by the Sun Sentinel about his exhibit at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Florida, (954) 602-4501. The exhibit is a collection of photographs Clyde shot with his 8-by-10 field camera. (a Civil War camera) between 1986 and 2001. The exhibit will be on display through August.

The following quote was taken from the article “Five questions for Clyde Butcher – The nature photographer talks about his new Miramar gallery exhibit)

“Because your images are black and whites, would you say such starkness is symbolic of beauty or something more intense than that?”

“Well, I don’t know of too many major historical events that weren’t snapped in black and white – Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement. I used to sell color landscapes in the 1960s and ’70s because it was tough to sell black and whites. People wanted color photos to match their shag carpets in the ’70s [laughs]. I don’t think you can truly see an image with full color because you’re too attracted by the color. The black and white gives a oneness to nature. You see it and feel it, and it’s a reference point, and truth be told, it shows up as color in people’s eyes, anyway.”

Amen!

You can learn more about Clyde by visiting his website at http://www.clydebutcher.com

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Posted March 20, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

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