What do you love about your national parks?

Description

Landscape perception has changed significantly over time. Since the 16th century, the artistic portrayal of landscape has been shaped by technologically-enabled and culturally-specific processes of visual mediation. The 21st century has shifted the portrayal of landscape art through dramatic changes in visual technologies — the explosion of camera accessibility as well as photographic media, namely social media accounts, allows for landscape art to be captured and consumed in a matter of seconds. With millions of followers across several accounts, the National Park Service’s Instagram feed is both a means of access into the parks as well as the proprietary form of expression for the visual culture of the parks.

Here, a photograph of Glacier National Park conveys a romantic vision of the national park —its snow-capped mountains and deep glacial lake stand frozen in in the day’s fleeting sunlight. The setting suns casts a brilliant light that dyes the mountains, carved into the park’s horizon, with a densely purple and orange hue. In the foreground, Lake McDonald shimmers with a blurry reflection of the sky above. The photograph, stunning in its panoramic realness, captures a view that a person, standing at the same point, would not be able consume with the naked-eye. Together, the digital camera and Instagram platform surpass the human capacity of sight, offering the fullness and sublimity of Glacier Park all from the frame of a mobile app.  

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What do you love about your national parks?

Description

Landscape perception has changed significantly over time. Since the 16th century, the artistic portrayal of landscape has been shaped by technologically-enabled and culturally-specific processes of visual mediation. The 21st century has shifted the portrayal of landscape art through dramatic changes in visual technologies — the explosion of camera accessibility as well as photographic media, namely social media accounts, allows for landscape art to be captured and consumed in a matter of seconds. With millions of followers across several accounts, the National Park Service’s Instagram feed is both a means of access into the parks as well as the proprietary form of expression for the visual culture of the parks.

Here, a photograph of Glacier National Park conveys a romantic vision of the national park —its snow-capped mountains and deep glacial lake stand frozen in in the day’s fleeting sunlight. The setting suns casts a brilliant light that dyes the mountains, carved into the park’s horizon, with a densely purple and orange hue. In the foreground, Lake McDonald shimmers with a blurry reflection of the sky above. The photograph, stunning in its panoramic realness, captures a view that a person, standing at the same point, would not be able consume with the naked-eye. Together, the digital camera and Instagram platform surpass the human capacity of sight, offering the fullness and sublimity of Glacier Park all from the frame of a mobile app.  

Creator

National Park Service

Source

National Park Service Instagram

Publisher

Instagram

Date

2018

Contributor

Nell Gallogly

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

Digital Photograph

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Language

En-US

Type

Photograph

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Coverage

Date Created

February 21, 2018

Date Modified

March 26, 2018

Access Rights

Public domain

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Bibliographic Citation

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfMuw8TA8Pi/?taken-by=nationalparkservice

Spatial Coverage

Glacier National Park

Temporal Coverage

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Audience

General audience

Provenance

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Rights Holder

https://help.instagram.com/478745558852511

Citation

National Park Service, “What do you love about your national parks?,” Park Culture, accessed March 8, 2021, http://parkculture.org/items/show/135.

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