The White Horse

I made this photograph on color film, because the scene down the road from my home appealed to me. However, later when I came upon May Sarton’s comment in her memoir, Plant Dreaming Deep about solitude being “a way for waiting for the inaudible and invisible to make itself felt” I thought that if I printed that image in black-and-white it expressed the feeling of her comment. The photograph appears on page 29.

There were two primary reasons that I decided that my photographs in From May Sarton’s Well should all be black-and-white. First is that black-and-whites tend to be more poetic than color photographs. They ask the viewer to add his or her own experience and thoughts to the image. Secondly, because I processed my own black-and-white work and  so I had complete control of in making the final print. (Although I did loose considerable control of the quality in the course of printing them in book form.) In addition, at the time the book was published, 1994, it was far less expensive to produce a book in black-and-white than in color. Papier-Mache Press, the original publisher, wanted to be able to sell the book at a very affordable price.