From bud break to bloom, fruit set to veraison, ripe into harvest; I watched and studied the Bishop Creek Vineyards for the last two growing seasons. I fought with the weather to achieve the photos I wanted, much as they fought with the weather for the conditions they needed. The 2006 summer was a long, hot summer that allowed them to take their time and get as sweet as they wanted. The 2007 summer was moodier and created a whole different style of beautiful characteristics. Yet, at all times, the grapes were growing, changing, and becoming something of their own.
Shooting primarily black and white film, I attempted to capture their life cycle through the seasons. I used old manual 35mm and medium format cameras to create these images. The steel frames, I fashioned and welded, then sandblasted for their finished looks. The photos are all one of a kind, silver gelatin prints. I only print one photograph from a negative. Ever. So each of these finished pieces are as unique and original as the grapes themselves.
I hope you enjoy the show. And thank you to Bishop Creek, for allowing me open access to your gorgeous vineyards. Producing this show was truly my pleasure.
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