Harry Goldstrom

"Photographically, I believe there exists a special relationship between the landscape and music, particularly classical, jazz and Celtic. I find the elements of form and symmetry to be omnipresent and as a result, continually make the comparison between a symphony of the landscape and a musical score."

Enchanted Forest - Silver Gelatin Print 20 x 24 in.

"From my earliest recollections as a child, I've had an interest in photography. As a 7 year old, I used a Kodak brownie in the Grand Tetons to capture my first photos. During my high school years, I was continually asking my Dad to borrow his Argus C3 for my exploits as my fascination with photography grew. Toward the end of my college days in Madison, Wisconsin I had purchased my first SLR camera and was using a fellow student’s closet darkroom (with no running water) to process my first black and white prints. The experience was exhilarating.

My format of choice is 4x5 although I also work in 6x6 cm. In today’s increasingly digital world, I much prefer continuing to work with traditional film and chemical processing. I become just as excited today as I first did over 40 years ago watching a print come up in the developing tray or looking at a negative as I remove it from the fixer. The process continues to be a source of great enjoyment - as much as the field experience of taking the photograph.

I was originally drawn to the intrigue of the natural landscape by my undergraduate geology training in college. Over the years that training has been reflected in much of my landscape photography.  In more recent years I have started to incorporate what I refer to as the abandoned landscape into my portfolio. I find the dichotomy most interesting.

And as for the Argus C-3 that I started with all those years ago, I’m happy to report it now lives in my camera collection-albeit with a broken shutter."

Contours and Seven Trees - Silver Gelatin Print 10 x 12 in.
Forest Monarch - Silver Gelatin Print 16 x 20 in.
Snags in Sunlight - Silver Gelatin Print 16 x 20 in.
Mystic Lagoon - Silver Gelatin Print 18 x 24 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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