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Graffiti over Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 2008
13-MAY-2008

Graffiti over Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 2008

I have little interest in replicating the famous views of Yosemite’s Half Dome created by Ansel Adams and others. When Adams made his memorable black and white images of this very scene, there were no contrail clouds in the skies left by jet aircraft passing overhead. Today those same skies are filled with contrails, adding a symbolic matrix of technologic graffiti to the scene. I made this image as both an incongruous reference to a famous photograph and as a potential warning of environmental incursions yet to come. Yosemite offers one of the most beautiful natural wilderness areas on earth, yet even within this sanctuary, the hand of man can overwhelm the fragile beauty of nature.

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Phil Douglis27-May-2008 00:31
Thank you, Cyndy, for appreciating the ultimate point of this image.
Phil Douglis27-May-2008 00:31
Thank you, Cyndy, for appreciating the ultimate point of this image.
Cyndy Largarticha26-May-2008 23:35
Well put, my friend. This image is almost a warning of impending environmental demise. Yes, we should take heed.
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