This is what I saw in the viewfinder of my camera and light recorded on film; nothing has been retouched.
In and out of the frontiers of my sight, what is real? Light nurtures, light is forthright, so I photograph. Leaving prejudice behind, I might earn a healthy relationship with reality, and save my freedom.
All my work abides by the following definition of the word "photograph." A photograph is a material and permanent, original trace of the light conveyed by an optical system, generated in one specific instant: the instant where light, the photographer’s interaction with his or her environment, and matter (silver halide) connect.
Its unique genesis and experience, what I call "The Independent Instant," distinguishes an authentic photograph from other types of images, such as CGI (computer generated images), drawings, paintings, prints, and other visual works of art. Beneath visual content, the essence of photography is existential. Photography is neither a representation, nor a reproduction of reality. Every single photograph is a physical fragment of reality; it is the result of an irreversible, instantaneous interaction between natural phenomena and human nature.
My photographs show what I lived, not just what I find interesting. On this website I exhibit, to the best of my abilities, faithful reproductions of my originals. I do not perform manipulations of my observations and of what light recorded for any reason, aesthetic or conceptual. At this moment, I am working on uploading the scans of each original photograph and each issued print along with each image displayed on my portfolios.
Photograph recorded with Kodak TXP | Kodak D-76 | 55mm on 645
2004, Camargue, France
Gelatin Silver Print | Paper Size: 16 x 20 in | Printed Image: 10.5 x 13.5 in | Bergger Prestige Variable CB Warmtone Semi-Gloss
Printed in 2017 by Randy Mitchel, Miami