More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story by Janet L. Pritchard
The real and ideal landscape of Yellowstone National Park, one of our iconic American landscapes, is the subject of More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story. Each generation invests the park with values reflecting their own historical moment. I survey these relationships photographically from the vantage points of nature, culture, and history. Photographs of visitors in Views from Wonderland, the first in the trilogy, were published in Fraction Magazine, Issue 22: http://www.fractionmagazine.com/janet-pritchard. This issue includes selections from the second and third in the trilogy More than Scenery.
Collecting Yellowstone is a series of photographs of things connected to Yellowstone National Park outside the park. Here in archives, museums, and public and private collections, as well as popular culture references, reminders of the special role this landscape plays, as a national symbol, is made visible. It is easy to remember that Yellowstone is a place real in stone and water, but more difficult to wrap our minds around the fact that it is also an idea. The great western writer and historian Wallace Stegner said that as a nation our national parks are “our best idea” and “highest ideal.” These reminders help us, individually and collectively, to preserve that idea and protect the ideal.
Stories from the Ecosystem is a series of photographs of the land: its natural histories and wonders; and, its intersections of nature and culture. Within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, lie over half the geothermal features of the world, a richness of wildlife increasingly rare in our times of climate change, and the ideal of preservation. The ideal is lofty but the reality is often messy and litigious. Late-twentieth century scientific understanding recognizes that the area within park boundaries is only part of a much larger ecosystem. Many work in concert to recognize and manage the complexities of the region contained in what is now recognized as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; these images touch on park resources and issues.
Janet L. Pritchard lives and works in northeast Connecticut and Wyoming.
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