Description Entrance, Japanese Garden, Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. This shot is neither unsteady nor out of focus. The view was taken from under an umbrella in pouring rain. The effect is jewel-bright colours and soft-focus combined.
Priscilla Turner, Vancouver, BC, Canada Member Since May 2007 Artist StatementI HAVE BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING since the 1950s. In 1960, when I brought home my first colour slides in 35mm format, my father said that one would "never get anything worthwhile off those ridiculous little frames", and that "It's not really photography, of course, those pretty colours". He had started me off with an 8X10 view camera and plates. No colour emulsion at that stage would resolve anything like what a good 35mm lens would put on it. Little did Daddy know how emulsions would nowadays reach equilibrium with lenses, or that modern scanning would enable us to make big prints even from faded, grainy 35mm Agfachromes 50 or more years old. He would have been astonished, but probably also delighted, by the development of digital imaging.The resolution in my oldest originals is not high, but the conception was often good, even 'painterly'.
I used film until 2007.
WHAT I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED is nearly always what I should paint if I were a painter. I think of my scenic shots as a way to remind myself of what it felt like to stand in places where I shall never stand again. They may perhaps enable others to feel that they can just walk through the frame into these same places.
One or two B&W images in my galleries started life as coloured, and are offered in both forms. Not all are suitable for conversion that way. Any may be made available in B&W if you request it. But bear in mind that B&W is a different way of seeing. I will also do crops and composites to order, by making a new file and uploading to my CROPSandCOMPOSITES gallery.
For buyers in the Vancouver BC area, I will make unmatted prints at up to 13 x 44 ins. for half my IK price, using IK's 'container' sizes as the reference. For ten or more same-size copies of the same image, I will discount. Payment in advance by PayPal only, pickup in person.