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I go, I see, I do, I walk, I think, I like…

Continuing in an Ironic Vein

Everyone knows about the stunning view from the famous “Wawona Tunnel View” in Yosemite Valley – from the iconic winter photograph by Ansel Adams or from their own visit to the park. I’ve made my own share of photographs from this location. I prefer to go there on a freezing winter evening when all of the intelligent people are back at the lodge around the fire – a bit of light rain or snow makes it even better – so that I can enjoy a bit of solitude while taking in this view. (A steep hike up to the old Inspiration Point overlook is a good alternative when the crowds are otherwise unavoidable.)

A couple years ago I started a sort of stealth project to photograph visitors to the parks and other places. (At first I did this while waiting for the light to come to the landscape, but later the visitors themselves became an interesting subject.) Some of these photographs are meant to explore the responses of people to these powerful places – but the intent of some of the others is admittedly ironic.

Here are a couple recent examples from a certain well known place:


Yosemite Valley Tunnel View. Yosemite National Park, California. May 9, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.


Yosemite Valley Tunnel View #2. Yosemite National Park, California. May 9, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

(A hint: There may be more to these photographs than is immediately apparent… :-)

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May 26, 2008 - Posted by | Commentary

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