I deliberately did not filter the sky, nor did I adjust exposure for clouds either in shooting or printing, deciding Milam's figure should be starkly silhouetted. The superb tonal quality in the lower third of the print says all that needs to be said about what this new chrysotype process can deliver.
Ben Rush Milam was a colonel in the Mexican army and resigned when Santa Ana pushed through the new constitution that ultimately sparked rebellion in 13 Mexican states (Texas mounted the only successful insurrection). Milam joined the Texas militia for the campaign to take San Antonio. When the commanding officers announced they would not attack San Antonio because of the much stronger defensive forces in the city, Milam stood (slowly, he had severe arthritis in one knee) and shouted, "Well, I'm going in! Who'll follow old Ben?" 300 militiamen leapt to their feet with a shout. San Antonio fell to them after 3 days and nights of street fighting. Milam was killed in the battle and buried in what is now Ben Milam Square. The Texans occupied the ill-fated Alamo.
|Lens:||240mm Caltar SII (Schneider Symmar) |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|