In my photographs I want to capture a rare intimate conversation with the landscape. Many times I will spend hours in a location before I can listen to the landscape. I find landscapes are most expressive in low light, bad weather conditions and those are the times I find myself busy with my camera trying to capture my conversations. To create these photographs I often revisit the location many times until I am happy with the capture.
Once I have a satisfactory capture, the next stage is to print it. This often takes a very long time, some times many months, before I come up with a print that can express my visualization of the image. In this respect, I am a strong believer of Ansel Adam’s oft-quoted statement: negative is the score and print is the performance. Musicians will interpret the same score in myriad ways. I capture the images in color, as I believe, color adds a strong emotional dimension to the landscape. At the same time, color can be overused to the extent that it can ruin the overall statement that the image wants to convey.
I approach making a photograph similar to a symphony conductor trying to orchestrate different instruments to create a harmonious piece. In the case of a photograph, these elements are line, form, texture, luminosity, color hue and saturation: a successful photograph, in my opinion, is a perfect fusion of these elements. ~Arup Biswas
Arup’s personal website may be found at http://www.arupbiswas.com