Photographs by Peter Webber
These images, almost all of them captured here in Santa Cruz, represent opposite ends of my forty-plus-year infatuation with photography.
The black and white photographs were taken with a film camera in the late seventies and early eighties. That’s when my love of photography and darkroom work began. All of the black and white images shown here were made from scanned 6 cm x 6 cm negatives and outsourced for printing on Ilford baryta-based paper using liquid chemistry to achieve archival results. This fusion of modern digital technology and true silver gelatin fiber printing most accurately approximates the quality and longevity of my original, hand-made darkroom enlargements.
The majority of the color photos are more recent captures of some of the area's local scenery. They were taken with digital cameras and uploaded to a printing service that specializes in high quality, large format printing. The prints were made on exhibition fiber paper using a high-end Epson printer and pigment-based inks to achieve a wide color gamut and unprecedented print longevity.
When I wasn’t making these photographs for fun and potential display, I kept in the game in the 80s and 90s by operating a wedding and portrait photography business here in Santa Cruz.
After nearly a decade and a half of transporting what amounted to a portable studio to wedding locations and packing in multiple medium format cameras, lighting equipment and numerous rolls of film, I came to an impasse . . . either upgrade the equipment and go light, or get out.
While I initially loved nearly everything about wedding and portrait photography and the many challenges it presented, I realized it was time to get back to what I enjoyed most — walking around looking for the good light and some interesting subject matter.
That proved to be a good move because now I’m in a position to enjoy the possibility that you or someone else might find one or more of these photographs interesting or appealing. That’s what matters most to me — particularly, since I have continually tried to create the best possible photographs that I can. I’ve always been in awe of great photography and the confluence of talent, vision, light, subject matter, composition, and timing that’s required to make a moving, memorable, and ultimately timeless photograph. That’s what keeps me trying and keeps the fire burning. Enough said.
These prints are available for $300 each. If you’re interested in making a purchase, please contact me at 831-247-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be great to hear what you think.