Last week we had the occasion to pass through the heart of France’s champagne vineyards. This photo was taken south of Epernay (north of Vertus). This area is called la côte des blancs ; they are white grapes.
The thing interesting to me is the different aesthetic. These vineyard are mannucured to the nth degree.
I took this image yesterday. It is an anomaly of the weather. The image was taken with a Leica M8.2. It is not a HDR. I do not do HDR. Processing was done in Lightroom 3. Resizing and sharpenning for the web was done in Photoshop.
I’ve been excited for some time now with the potential for high quality black and white with the new technology. For many years I was passionate about film black and white. Eventually, the chemicals get the best of me and I was obliged to stop.
The pursuit of digital black and white involves a large investment of time. However, I believe that out of the ashes of this post-modern stressed out world something new is being born.
My exhibition was quite satisfying. I sold some prints but that was never the point. I had a very positive engagement with the visitors. Something new is indeed being born.
The image here was taken within Châteauneuf en Auxois, the village. I’ve found the village itself challenging to photograph. This one is from the inside peeking out. May be that is what we are doing as a civilization.
Monet’s Rock has a place of honor in my exhibition of black & white photos. It is my first exhibition of photograph in France. Since my arrival in France in 1994 I have shown my painting and I am a professional (i.e. I pay taxes). The exhibition is at Châteauneuf en Auxois and closes Sunday the 16th of September.