Roman Loranc - First Street Gallery
A person looking at a photograph can never know a photographer’s intention, but there are a few photographers who c an enter a landscape without succumbing to the temptation of dominating the scene with a photographic personality. Roman Loranc possesses this gift– not so valued today in the era of strident egos-of negative capability, of obliterating himself so completely that the viewer has a sense of being alone with the elements, with some vulnerable lyricism, and of having to make a reckoning.
Loranc shapes the photo from start to finish. He operates a 4x5 Linhof field camera, shoots the majority of his photographs with a 210mm Nikkor lens, using Kodak's classic Tri-X film, and hand prints his negatives on multigrade fiber paper. The innate drama of the landscapes is reproduced through a variable split-toning (sepia and selenium) technique. All the printing, spotting, and archival mounting are done by the photographer. Roman Loranc was born in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, in 1956. He emigrated to the United States in 1981. In 1984 he moved to California, and shortly thereafter fell in love with the Central Valley. He now resides in Weed, CA.
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