In my landscape photographs, I seek imagery that brings out a
sense of soul, an interface with an internal, emotional landscape.
The act of photographing represents a form of passion. When I
am photographing, I am creatively centered in the moment, in a
passionate psychological space that removes me from normal limitations
of thought, planning, and time. Each time I shoot a landscape
image, it tacitly speaks to me with complex emotions. I photograph
each landscape in the moment, without assumptions. It is only
later, after the complex process of printing is completed that
the emotional layers of the image reveal themselves fully.
The combination of tools and materials I use plays a significant
role in bringing out the feeling-level of my photographs. My early
work as a landscape photographer concentrated exclusively on silver-gelatin
printing, traditional black-and-white printing. I love this form
of printing, and I continue using this process for much of my
current work. In order to achieve a more pictorial quality in
my photographs, I embarked in 1995 upon a new process utilizing
an 8x10 camera, printing platinum-palladium contact prints on
hand-made Japanese paper. The paper I use in this work, known
as Gampi, is used by many fine-art print makers, not just by photographers.
The paper is extremely delicate and has a translucent quality.
When used for platinum-palladium printing, it adds a luminescence
to the final print and a tactile dimension of texture. The photographs
made with this process become imbued with the evocative quality
of paintings and are highly expressive of the emotions of the
Alan Shulik is an award-winning photographer whose works have
been exhibited in many galleries throughout the United States.