Richard Sisk, Ashland Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement In 1993 I embarked on an extended voyage to photograph the American landscape with high resolution panoramic cameras.
I used several cameras including the Fuji G-617, the V-Pan 617 Mark III and more recently, high resolution Canon digital cameras including the 5d Mark II. To create panoramas with the digital camera I need to combine 15 or more files to approach the enormous resolution of 6X17 film. I still use the V-Pan 617 for special projects.
It has been an interesting journey that has taken me all around our great country. During that time I visited many historic sites and most of our magnificent cities. One thing that struck me has been the kindness and helpful spirit of the people I met along the way.
It has been a great opportunity to learn about remarkable locations and people. For example, I was able to travel a remote section of the Oregon trail in Idaho. That night I camped out along the trail with no sign of civilization in any direction. I also traveled the length of old Route 66 from LA to Chicago and then turned around and followed it back to California!
I visited the source of the Missouri River in Montana, and reached down to taste the cold, crystal clear water, as Meriwether Lewis had done 200 years earlier. A few months later, I found his final resting place along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.
There have been many moving moments during this long journey. And, by the way, I was able to make some good panoramic photographs which I will be adding to the galleries here soon.
Please accept my invitation to stop by here again. If you would like to see larger images please visit my website: