Eliot Porter 1901-1990
Eliot Porter was an America photographer who used exquisite details and color in his images of landscapes and birds and started a change in the way photography is viewed. He started taking photos in his teens, using his new camera to take photos of his back yard. As he grew, this hobby turned into a profession. In 1939 he was given a Alfred Stieglitz’s show An American Place. Subsequent introductions to photographer Ansel Adams further encouraged him to continue. He was one of the very few that used color to document and enhance images and give greater detail. In 1962, His focus on birds and landscapes lead to his compilation “In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World.” The colored image collection was a huge success.
Porter’s style mirrored Adams by way of how detailed the image was and how “straight forward” showing tome. The equipment used was a new Kodachrome film and large flashbulbs to generate the amount of detail and exposure desired in his images. He also use a larger cumbersome camera and sometimes had to wait days before he could complete the shoot.
Several years into his work, he turned to landscape photography:
Fungus and Ferns, Maine, August 1942
Beech Branch and Landscape, Tinmouth, Vermont, February 15, 1958
Beech Grove, Road to Clingman’s Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, April 26, 1968
Lichen and Pine Needles on Boulder, Madison, New Hampshire, October 12, 1953
Green Lichen and White Rock, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, July 10, 1969
Red Ozier, near Great Barrington, Massachusetts, April 18, 1957
Wrecked Tree, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, July 3, 1964
Wood Pool with Leaves on Bottom, Chocorua, New Hampshire, May 7, 1961