Can You Feel The Image?   Leave a comment

“Only in black and white can I see the design and textures. I don’t consider color photography art. Black and white is an interpretation. Color is a duplication.” – Clyde Butcher

I have been doing some online reading about Clyde Butcher over the past few days. One of the articles I read was
“Extreme Exposure: Everglades — Clyde Butcher’s Wilderness Intuition (Video) by Stephen Crandell” ( One of the most interesting things Butcher thoughts I found was this, “Clyde Butcher is one of America’s acclaimed environmental artists. Some people call him the Ansel Adams of the Everglades. But his technique is so largely based on intuition that he describes himself as a “point-and-shoot” photographer.” The article talks about all the awards he has won and then makes this statement, “And all this without composing through the lens on his camera. In fact his quote is, “Put tape over your viewfinder”

“In fact, during a lecture this month at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Butcher advised aspiring photographers to begin by not looking through the lens. His point is that when it comes to landscape photography, the most important relationship is not between the photographer and the camera, it’s between photographer and nature.”

Wow… The idea of feeling what the subject is telling you, not just the clouds, and the trees and the grass and whatever as objects, but as something that has a story to tell. Something that transcends the camera. It’s something you feel inside. Sort of like the feeling a musician puts into the music. Not just what the composer felt, but adding to it, sometimes subtlety but there.

And so, that is what I am going to try…feeling the woods the next time I’m there. I’ll let you know how it works out.


Posted March 27, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

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