Mother Earth’s life force
Forceful, peaceful, eternal
Feeding her loved lands
Among my passions is seeking solitude within the shadows of waterfalls. This is where I feel intensely connected to Mother Nature; the rumble that resonates through the bedrock, the mist that permeates the atmosphere and the ethereal beauty of its flowing water contrasting with the ledge, which it has, over centuries, taken dominance and ownership cutting its distinctive path; all combine to connect me to her.
Noble are the presences of these cascades flowing among the flora and fauna. Mammals and birds drink from the basins below them and ferns, mosses and grasses draw sustenance from the mist-drenched stream banks. Because of this nobility, I’ve chosen to print these photographs with noble metals; platinum and palladium seem ideally suited for presenting these eternally majestic megaliths.
Respectful of their nobility, I pay loving attention at every step along the journey; hiking to their isolation, capturing their beauty with my lens, processing the image, and hand making the photographs. The ultimate respect is displaying these photographs on the wall for all to see.
It is my pleasure to share “Noble Waterfalls” with you.
Darrell Roak is a photographer whose nature is to bring an ethereal appearance to his photographs. Darrell began his photographic journey in 2010 when he took his first workshop at Maine Media. He has since expanded his experience through workshops across The United States. Darrell has been an Artist in Residence at Light Grey Art Camp in Western Norway and he has attended a printing residency at Cone Edition Press in Vermont. Among his contemporary advisors are Tillman Crane and Russell Young.
The subjects of Darrell’s photos lean toward abandoned structures and out-of-the-way spots, which remind one of days gone by. He uses an assortment of cameras to capture his photographs including digital, large-format and pinhole. His photos are printed using the Piezography digital process as well as Alternative Processes: Cyanotype, Ziatype and Platinum/Palladium.
Darrell’s photographs have been exhibited at Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Alabama, Photo Place Gallery and Vermont Center for Photography in Vermont, and The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. Darrell’s images are also included in personal collections throughout The United States.