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Photographing Yellowstone

July 12, 2018 - August 8, 2018

Jackson Image (YELL 50421)

Jackson was one of the main photographers on the US Geological Survey-sponsored 1871 expedition into the Yellowstone region – this expedition was headed by Ferdinand V. Hayden.  Jackson befriended artist Thomas Moran, who was accompanying the expedition as an employee of the Northern Pacific Railroad. 

The two spent much time trying to capture various aspects of the landscape, and Moran even notes several times in his journal that he and Jackson stayed behind to try to work on shots.  Moran appears in several of Jackson’s photographs and there is this one in particular where Moran is on the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces, with Liberty Cap in the background.  As one of the first photographers to capture some of the park’s wonders, I think Jackson is a strong contender to speak to the inspiration of “Photographing Yellowstone”. – Courtesy the National Park Service Archives at Yellowstone NP and Colleen Curry.

Inspired by Yellowstone National Park, 4 local photographers have been invited to display their work that defines how they view Yellowstone and its natural beauty. Featured artists are: Joanne Berghold, George Kalantzes, Brad Orsted and Ann Skelton. The reception/art walk will take place Friday, July 27th, from 5:30 to 8pm.

JOANNE BERGHOLD I am so fortunate to be able to photograph the beauty and wonders of Yellowstone Park!

The magnificent vistas are innumerable but I often search for tiny treasures as they feel like personal discoveries.

GEORGE KALANTZES The images that I’ve made as a landscape photographer have evolved over time. Stylistically, they’ve become more narrowly focused and precise. The intimate nature of the images that I produce come out of a process that entails thoughtful examination of the landscape, light, and textures of the broader surroundings. They also reflect a specific preconceived vision of the types of images that I feel a compelling and unique. To the extent I can deliver an image that requires one to examine its parentheses limited number of parentheses components and that elicit some form of a response, feeling or connection to the image by the viewer-I’ve succeeded.

 Why I’m inspired to photograph in Yellowstone: The scale and grandeur of Yellowstone national park is one of its most impressive attributes. Well images of grand landscapes and the wildlife found all have their place; in my estimation some of the best and most compelling photography in Yellowstone lies in the presumption that the whole is less than the sum of its parts. If you truly take the time to carefully examine and evaluate nature and the landscape, dissecting individual pieces of the broader landscape you can often find beauty in many smaller pieces. It’s the challenge and process of finding these intimate settings that inspire me to return to Yellowstone. 

BRAD ORSTED OF HORSEFEATHERS PHOTOGRAPHY I’ve been photographing ever since a relative gave me a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye when I was a kid. Even though most of the time it didn’t have any film in it, I still pointed it and pressed the shutter release, imagining what my images would look like.

Years later after studying photography in college I became a photo-journalist and co-owner in a Michigan gallery before a twist of fate found my family and I living literally in Yellowstone. Everything changed for me that winter of 2012.

I began to photograph again with that passion and imagination I had as a kid with that Kodak Brownie. The world was full of magic and mystery again and I wanted to do my best to bring home the images and scenes I was experiencing in Yellowstone with as little post-production as possible. Not that I’m a purist but time spent behind the computer was time I wasn’t out in Yellowstone doing what I loved.

My mission, goal and promise to you is to bring the Wild to you in the very best way I know how. I do my earnest to capture the scenes with integrity and never intruding on my subjects. I want natural, undisturbed beauty and this is my gift to you.

ANN SKELTON, NATURE IN PIXELS PHOTOGRAPHY The size of Yellowstone National Park is constant but what occurs inside the Park boundary evolves daily. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to witness this evolution and to capture these brief moments that can fill a lifetime.

I am inspired by the natural artistry that makes Yellowstone such a special place in the world. I find beauty in the subtle but often overlooked scenes one might encounter while in the Park. Steam rising from the Firehole River on a cold autumn morning, a grove of aspen trees back lit by a golden sunset or a lone elk foraging in West Thumb Geyser Basin as the first rays of a new day pirouette through the early morning fog.

Find a quiet spot in the Park, then close your eyes and simply listen for a few minutes. Now open your eyes and truly see what Yellowstone has to offer. Nature – Be Amazed Every Day!

Select pieces by the following artists will also be featured:

Linda Barnsley, Jaycee Baird, David Drake, Janice Gaedtke, Melanie Handl, Anna Mabie, Ashley Noble, Ranga Parthasarathy, Paul Teigen, Lindsay Wells and John Zumpano


July 12, 2018
August 8, 2018
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Livingston Center for Art and Culture
119 South Main Street
Livingston, MT 59047