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Extremes and Subtleties - The Zone System

A magician am I    
when the door I close
in the cover of darkness    
in my darkroom to compose    
light and shadow    
I bend at will    
luring texture and depth    
and contrast still    
the black and the white    
in their boldness speak    
and between them the grays    
draw the eye discreet    
a nascent world    
amorphous unclear    
‘til in coddling trays    
form appears    
vivid chiaroscuro    
majestic tones    
a subtle drawing    
revealing the Zones    
   
Conceived in the womb    
of meter and eye    
a vision called forth    
to evolve and realize    
from exposure to print    
from embryo to breath    
shades suffuse space    
between the extremes    
equilibrium defines    
the golden mean    
summoned to shine    
flowed into life    
balanced and focused    
mid-range in Zone V    
   
 
Keilani
Written by Keilani
Published | Edited 19th Aug 2021
Author's Note
The Zone System in photography is a technical system developed by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in the 1930s. In my poem I am remembering the magic of black and white photography with my father in the...
The Zone System in photography is a technical system developed by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in the 1930s. In my poem I am remembering the magic of black and white photography with my father in the darkroom he built in our house and what photography taught me about life - the ramifications of extremes and subtleties.
trays - photographic trays
meter - exposure (or light) meter
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