Matt Payne Photography Blog: Photographing The High Sierra With Large Format Film - A Conversation With Claude Fiddler

September 8, 2021  |  High Sierra

Welcome to episode 229 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Claude Fiddler.

Claude Fiddler

Claude spent much of his life deeply exploring and photographing the High Sierra of California after being inspired by the likes of Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams. Most of Claude's images were created using a large format film camera in extremely remote locations in the Sierra wilderness.

We discuss:

  • The Single Powerful Image vs. a series of images,
  • Photographing experience while presenting our work as art,
  • Learning on large-format cameras vs. digital,
  • The importance of studying the work of the giants that came before us,
  • Claude's new book, "Inside the High Sierra."

Claude Fiddler

Inside the High Sierra is Claude Fiddler’s third fine art monograph describing the mood and lighting of the High Sierra. The book includes 50 photographs from 35 years of explorations into the Range of Light. With a foreword from Tom Hornbein and essays from Michael Cohen, Laurel Fiddler, Peter Croft, and Dick Dorworth, along with Fiddler’s descriptions of the experiences of each picture, this book joins the classic works of art from the Sierra Nevada. Also, each essay is graced with a pen and ink drawing from the artist Valerie Cohen.

The book is hardbound, printed on 200gsm archival paper, and there will only be 1,000 copies Printed. 100 copies will be slip-cased in a custom built wood box milled from reclaimed Western White pine and accompanied with an 8x10-inch limited edition print. These prints will only be sold with the book.

Claude Fiddler

Over on Patreon this week, Claude and I talk about the need for us to have honest conversations about our carbon impact in the age of climate crisis.

Here's who Claude recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Matt Payne's Private 1:1 Photography Workshops.

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