Every three months we have a "theme night" at our large format photography club, Imageworks. The theme this time was "Windows" and it could be interpreted VERY loosely by participating members. Of the seven members who participated, there were a variety of images presented, ranging from the "traditional" window, to a trash can with some sort of "eye" artwork on it (The eyes are the windows to the soul).
Above is my contribution. I had been out photographing one Sunday morning in January on McDowell Rd. in Phoenix, near 16th St. There was a Barber Shop I wanted to get with my 8x10 camera. After I shot that I walked past this bakery. Had to stop. The sun was changing rapidly and I didn't want to lose the shot. I set up my 8x10 camera and proceeded to focus. As there are so many planes of focus in this image, it took quite a bit longer than usual, and even then I had to stop down to f90 on my lens with a swing. I received some nice comments on this print so I guess I'll keep it!
Richard Coda has been photographing since he was a teenager. In college he fell in love with images made with large format cameras. Starting with a 4x5" view camera, he soon moved up to an 8x10" camera and, most recently, has begun working with an 11x14" camera.
While he photographed landscapes early in his career, recently his work has focused on that which has been overlooked, forgotten, or looked at, but not seen. He finds compositions where others see the ordinary, or nothing at all. While concentrating on black and white for most of his career, Richard has found a new love for color, using color as the subject, while still retaining his classical aesthetic for form, line and tone.
Please visit his websites at www.rcodaphotography.com and www.pctype.com