“Early American wilderness photographers were snapping gorgeous vignettes of mountain peaks and sunrises before Instagram’s 1977 filter was even a thing. But, aside from their timeless appeal, the true value of these nineteenth-century photographs is derived from their role in the American conservation movement.”
Many National Parks (especially Yellowstone and Yosemite) are special to me because my grandparents took me there–these trips inspired in me a deep awe for the wonders of this Earth. We owe a great debt of gratitude to these early photographers whose work captivated a nation to start a conservation ethos to protect wilderness.
Tags: place, images, art, landscape, California.
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