A Unique Offer in Fine Art Photography – Keith WalkletJuly 22, 2013
Both of these images, “Pine Shadows and Tracks, Yellowstone, 1998”, and “Water Detail 4, Monterey, 2011” celebrate line. Both are very simple compositions, but the nature of the lines is very different. One is orderly, the other organic. One is literal, the other abstract. But perhaps the biggest difference between these two images is the way that time is measured.
One is a frozen landscape where the evidence of time can be observed as a slow progression of light on the land. The movement of the light source, the sun, is predictable day-to-day, so, if the temperature remains below freezing, very little would change within the scene, even over the course of a week. Shadows stretch, shrink and change direction tas the day progresses. Knowing the angle and direction of the light, it is a simple matter to alter perspective to obtain a specific result. Beauty is derived from the orderly patterns and spacing, and the break in those patterns that the animal tracks provide.
The other image of reflections on the surface of water is a frozen moment, never to be repeated. Its beauty is rooted in the random way the irregular surface of the water reflects and distorts what are actually straight lines. Though less orderly, there is a repetition of shape and, like the snow scene, a single element that breaks the pattern.
These images also represent a passage of time in the way I have approached my photography. The snowy landscape is representative of much of my earlier color landscape imagery. I was drawn to the graphic nature of the scene. Created in the winter of 1998 with a Pentax 67 on Fujichrome 100 transparency film, it is a composition that I would happily explore again should I come across it today. When I framed the image in my viewfinder nearly fifteen years ago, I knew exactly what I was getting based on years of experience with the film and camera.
The water image was captured in Monterey in 2011 with a Canon digital SLR a few days after I completed teaching a class for the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. I was drawn to the fine lines flickering on the surface of the water, but what I eventually captured didn’t immediately reveal itself. This was a voyage of discovery as I made a series of exposures to see what poetry was hidden within the fractions of a second between the shimmers.
There is infinite variety between the cottony look that comes from a long exposure of moving water and the tack-sharp reflection of a scene on the surface of a still lake. The instant feedback loop that digital capture provides speeds the acquisition of a visual vocabulary. Comparing results makes it easier to see how the lines and water interact. Patience, repetition and careful observation reveal even more.
This frame is particularly appealing to me for its painterly qualities. Like many of my personal favorites, it neither looks nor feels like a photograph.
About the Offer
The Ansel Adams Gallery is thrilled to offer its collectors, friends and fellow art lovers, a chance to participate in a unique opportunity. From time to time on our website, we will be featuring a never-before- printed image from one of our distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price, prior to its availability within the general market place. This month, we have arranged to present two images from artist Keith S. Walklet: “Pine Shadows and Tracks, Yellowstone, 1998,” and “Water Detail #4, Monterey, 2011.” Both prints will be part of a limited edition, and available in all of Mr. Walklet nominal sizes from 16×20 to 30×40. While Keith’s prints range in price from $400 to $1,200, you can now add one to your private collection for 25% off the initial retail price. Each print is made by Mr. Walklet, and printed to current archival standards, numbered and signed, as well as mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, July 22nd, and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, July 28th at 6:00 PM. Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately four to five weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order. This inaugural printing offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the print will return to full price. Please visit www.anseladams.com/unique to purchase, or email our curator, Evan Russel, at email@example.com if you have questions about the prints or shipping.
Evan Russel, Curator
The Ansel Adams Gallery