“Silver Sun #2” by Bruce Crowther

This image was made on a rock platform on the south coast of NSW.

For me it was about the everyday things that we see, yet do not see for their individual beauty. In this instance I was capturing a moment in time when the sun hit the pattern of water filled rock to present to the viewer the power of isolation. It is very much a minimal paired back image to heighten the awareness of our surroundings.

My approach to photography is one born out of the background in large format analogue black & white image making. My treatment of digital images is very much the same as it was back in the darkroom – contrast, burning and dodging etc. I consequently try to retain the basics of traditional photography as much as possible, whilst appreciating photography/image making in all it’s forms.

In addition, my intention with this particular photograph and many others that I make is to convey a sense of the minimal. Simple as they may seem, I find it very hard to achieve the satisfaction that I seek.

What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

The exaggerated contrast, combined with the fluidity of the sun reflection on the water, hence the subtle silver tones. Secondly – the natural texture of the rock contrasted against silver of the water, and of course the associated minimalism.

If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

For me the images that I make are a spontaneous response to the image, light and the external stimuli that influence my emotions at the time, consequently I would very rarely ever attempt to remake an photograph.

Bruce Crowther shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


Bruce Crowther, Sydney, Australia

Equipment and Settings

Sony full frame mirrorless camera, 90mm macro lens
f11, 1/200 sec., ISO100
Centre weighted exposure, hand held.
Burn, dodged, and toned in Photoshop.

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