On a latter visit to Currency Creek we walked as far along the creek as we were able to before hitting the fences that marked private property/keep out of the farmland. We returned to an area just above the waterfall where we could sit and watch the water in the creek. We ---Suzanne, myself, and the standard poodles -- had a small picnic there.
I knew this area from our previous walks, so I had some sense of what I would be photographing. I was starting to think about what I was going to do at a photo session before the event. I had begun realize that the entire process of large format is very different compared to medium format work, which is how I had approached the former when I was restarting large format. I could also sense that large format gave me a sense of discipline. It slowed you down -- setting up the camera, composing, focusing, locating and handling the film holder before, during and after exposure.
The conditions for this photo were similar to those of the earlier Current Creek session --- overcast with flat light -- but it was in the late afternoon rather than at midday. I made a couple of photographs with the Linhof 5x4 Technika IV. The process was largely intuitive.
I was beginning to suspect that conceptuality was a necessary part of the process of large format photography as opposed to wandering around and photographing whatever took my eye. I had a vague project in mind with this Currency Creek series. A study of the creek, including people (ie., models) doing various things along the creek. That was more or less the extent of the conceptuality.
I was vaguely aware of linear perspective as a visual paradigm that assumes the view of a one-eyed and immobile spectator as a norm —and that this view is itself assumed to be natural, scientific, and objective. But this visual paradigm, with its stable observer, horizon and ground, with its perspective converging at a single vanishing point, was historically that of photography and large format.
I became disheartened, lacked confidence, and I struggled to find the enthusiasm to continue to make further photos of Currency Creek.