Black and White Fine Art
Craig McCord Photography
Return to the Cradle
Years ago, in the mid 70's, I began my journey in photography. It all started with a Petri 35mm SLR that I purchased from a friend while serving in the Air Force. One of the on-base hobby shops was a fully equipped darkroom for developing and printing black and while film. I knew very little about the technical aspects of photography at the time. However, I quickly realized the first time I saw the magic of the image slowly emerging in the developer that I was hooked. I would later go on to work with medium format and 4x5 large format mediums, spending hours on weekends in my basement darkroom. It may seem strange but I always loved the unique smell of the darkroom, of the developer and fixer chemicals associated with the time spent during hours of pursuit of a beautiful black and white print.
As years past, I drifted away from my black and white roots. Color seemed to become more popular to many and even more so after the advent of the digital format era. Most recently I have made the decision to return to working principally in black and white. returning to the cradle in a way. I realized that I get the most personal satisfaction in seeing and feeling an actual physical black and white print. This medium seems to have a timeless aspect that color lacks, at least for me. This drives my desire to move forward with renewed passion to create new works. I invite you to come with me on my journey and visit my website often.