February 20, birthday of Ansel Adams, master photographer, best known for his black and white landscape images of the American West, particularly the national parks and wilderness. His striking images of the beauty of nature and the natural world reflected his advocacy for conservation of wilderness areas and concern for the environment. The video shows a sample of his body of work, set to the music of Aaron Copland.
Image from Barbara Lee Photography, http://www.barbleephoto.com
Photograph taken in Zion National Park
“Swamp Oil is an iridescent film which forms over swamps and very shallow creekbeds. It is caused by rotting plant material. In the early morning light, this sheen just glowed.” —Barbara Lee
Image from http://www.photography.worth1000.com “How Happy Is The Little Stone”
HOW HAPPY IS THE LITTLE STONE
By Emily Dickinson
How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears —
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity —
Matika Wilbur, a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes, had a dream: to travel the country visiting and photographing people from every federally recognized tribe in the US. Thus, Project 562 was born. Her goal is to portray contemporary Indians, to reveal the complex variety of the Indian presence, and to “build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy.”
The portraits reflect the self-image of the subject. “I asked people to wear what they liked to wear,” she says. “They posed where they wanted to pose. I let them choose.”
The link below is a story from NBC News with more information on her ambitious project.
Her photographic work is currently showing at the Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibit is Photographic Presence and Contemporary Indians: Matika Wilbur’s Project 562.