Hanging Tree

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 in Black and White, Harry Snowden, Images, Places | One Comment


Posted by: Harry Snowden

Virginia City, Nevada

Yashica Mat 124G and Tmax 400 film

I shoot these images because I’m in love with the American West. It’s the challenge of romanticizing every forgotten dusty byway, abandoned town and savage desert. It drives me.

My camera of choice is the Yashica Mat 124G. It’s simple and sharp as a tack. I soup my own negs and scan them myself. I have rules of thumb for compensating exposure in the field but never overdevelop my films to the point where I can’t read a newspaper through them. The magic is in the thin negative. I don’t keep exposure records because I read photographs.

ISO: ASA 400  |  Focal Length: 80mm  |  Aperture:  |  Shutter Speed:

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1 Comment

  1. Brian Haferkamp
    March 4, 2011

    There is a lot going on in this photo and I appreciate the balance between the foreground and background elements. If you look closely, everything has been placed into the scene on purpose. Notice the proper spacing at the top and bottom of the photo and the way the cemetery on the right is framed by the tree. Harry has also taken the time to keep the rope from getting caught up in the background on the left. All of these elements together have been thought through in camera. If Harry hadn’t thought through all of these things, you would have noticed a difference. I think the best images make you feel like they’re just right even if you can’t put your finger on why.

    Many thanks to Harry for sending in this photograph.


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