|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The upper strata of the Navajo sandstone can exhibit startling variations from their normal buff-to-white color. This is especially true in the canyons of the Escalante Monocline north and east of the town of Escalante, Utah. Here, a weathered grotto,illuminated by golden uplight from a nearby sunlit face as well as blue skylight, is transformed into a glowing diorama of textures and colors.|
This photo, like many other of my Colorado Plateau photos, is influenced by the work of the late master photographer and printer Eliot Porter, whose Sierra Club book, "The Place No One Knew: Glen Canyon of the Colorado River", brought the hidden visual splendors of the Colorado Plateau to the American public's attention for the first time, and too late to halt the building of Glen Canyon Dam and the flooding of Glen Canyon by Lake Powell. Porter's "intimate landscapes", typically of short to moderate range and often containing no horizon, appeared as bewildering but enchanting abstracts to the eyes of those, including myself at age 13, who had never dreamed of--let alone seen--such places as he depicted. Porter's masterful prints were produced by him personally using the complicated and expensive die-transfer process, giving him an exceptional degree of control over hues and contrasts. Porter often manipulated these attributes to serve his artistic vision, departing from "natural" renditions in much the same spirit in which Ansel Adams manipulated the tonal values of his famous grayscale negatives and prints.
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Very well shot, Don. I watched a film long ago in Arizona on the building work they did for the dam, it was a massive project. I just read of a canyon place in Colorado in the National Geographic that was ruined when the rancher sold the land as it had a lot of artifacts.