About C.W. Banfield
From the beginning, I carried a 35mm camera to record my experiences. Eventually, as the photographic process became as important as the journey, I moved to medium format and eventually large format. Lugging 30-40 pounds of camera equipment, in addition to camping gear, requires a strong back and a stronger will. And getting the right light requires both research and luck. I often go for days without making a single exposure. But in the end, I can't imagine a more satisfying photographic process.
I now work almost exclusively in large format (4x5 and 4x10) and print via a lightjet photo processor. This method of printing is a unique combination of traditional and modern techniques. I begin by capturing the image on transparency film. After developing, I scan the film and color balance the resulting file to match the original transparency. Finally, I output the image using the lightjet processor. This device uses laser light to expose photographic paper, thus producing a true "photograph" - not an inkjet print.
And while I followed a non-traditional path to photography, my method is quite traditional. I believe that the most important decisions that a photographer makes are in the field rather than in the darkroom or in the computer. I therefore eschew color enhancing filters, as well as digital manipulation, and use only a minimal number of color correcting filters.
Likewise, my education and background are also quite traditional. I grew up on a small farm near
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