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To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. Henri-Cartier Bresson

Olympia by Dean West

My journey to the Pacific North West had a purpose- to recreate a window of reality using large format, wall sized photographs.

As the world's cities expand and our ability to be outdoors diminishes, the objective of this series was simple, to recreate windows that feel like portals to the places we want to be. The subject of this process, an International Biosphere Reserve in the Pacific North West of USA called Olympic National Park. The temperate rain forests in the park, the Hoh and the Quinalt, receive an annual precipitation of up to 150 inches (380cm) making the area one of the wettest locations in the continental United States. Dominated by coniferous trees including Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, moss and lichen envelop the bark of these forests giants and even drip down from their branches in green, moist tendrils.

To capture this landscape I had a custom made tripod head devised for my medium format camera. The new device would allow me to spherically pan a landscape both up and down mapping the scene with not just one photograph by many. Using the latest technology in medium format digital photography, the new process wold increase the resolution of each scene up to 10 times the camera's original capability- allowing for large format photographs to be printed up to 8 by 10 ft.

Rich in detail and life, my 'bio' photographs from Olympia are your portal to the outside world, right in your very own home.




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