Great Falls of the Yellowstone, 360 Feet
This photograph has yellowed over time, creating virtually no contrast between the white sky and white water when they meet just above the center of the photograph. The brightness draws the viewer’s eye directly towards the edge of the waterfall, where the spray of the cascading water covers part of the canyon to the right, creating a majestic scene that is captured in time by Haynes. The viewer is placed on a rocky foreground that extends upwards and to the left of the photograph until it meets the river to its right and the dark, tree-covered canyon above. The dark contrast of the canyon makes a dangerous and foreboding scene until the downward slant towards the center of the print meets a bright, gushing waterfall that connects to another rocky but barren canyon. The canyon on the right flows upwards to create a border for the rest of the photograph. The two dark canyons meet in the center of the photograph where the waterfall violently flows completely vertically down into a river. The bright water that forms the river gushes towards the bottom right of the photograph. The busy scene of the quickly flowing white water creates a sense an intense, suspenseful moment in time that is illuminated by the interruption of dark rocks within the river. The rocks stop the natural flow of the water, changing its direction abruptly, contributing to a feeling of uneasiness and danger from the photograph.
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