© David Moenkhaus
No net – North Avenue Beach, Chicago 2004
16″ x 19″ archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm 100% cotton paper.
It’s a sure sign that summer’s over when the Chicago Park District removes the volleyball nets at all the beaches along the lakefront in Chicago.
I shot this in the autumn of 2004, about a month after the nets were taken down for the year. The image is from 17 Miles of Shoreline, a series that I photographed primarily on Fuji Velvia transparency film.
Over the years Velvia has been my favorite color transparency film because like many photographers, I love the bold contrast and the incredible, saturated color the film has given me over the years.
When I was younger, I was influenced a great deal by the great color photography of Pete Turner, Eric Meola, and Ernst Haas. The vivid and gorgeous color photography they achieved from the 60’s through the nineties was inspiring to me early on and when Fuji introduced Velvia in 1990, I was instantly hooked.