Bobcat perched at Badlands National Park

Description

This photograph, posted on the National Park Service Instagram feed in February 2018, depicts a crouched bobcat with its hind legs atop a sign that reads “Reduced Speed Ahead” in the app-caps font consistently used on traffic signs throughout the United States. The focal point is placed in the center of the square composition, with the bobcat just entering into the top third of the composition. Featuring black text on a white background and mounted on an unpainted wooden post, the sign is angled such that a viewer can read it but also see the front paws and head of the bobcat that dip below the top of the sign.
While no other indications of a road appear, the presence of this sign suggests that this photo was taken along a route travelled by motor vehicles. This represents an example of photography primarily engaged with charismatic megafauna, or visually attractive and impressive animals often used as the face of conservation causes. In this case, however, a symbol of human presence is far larger than the bobcat, creating a confusing message on the prominence and dominance of human activity in this national park.

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Title

Bobcat perched at Badlands National Park

Subject

Badlands, social media, photograph, charismatic megafauna

Description

This photograph, posted on the National Park Service Instagram feed in February 2018, depicts a crouched bobcat with its hind legs atop a sign that reads “Reduced Speed Ahead” in the app-caps font consistently used on traffic signs throughout the United States. The focal point is placed in the center of the square composition, with the bobcat just entering into the top third of the composition. Featuring black text on a white background and mounted on an unpainted wooden post, the sign is angled such that a viewer can read it but also see the front paws and head of the bobcat that dip below the top of the sign.
While no other indications of a road appear, the presence of this sign suggests that this photo was taken along a route travelled by motor vehicles. This represents an example of photography primarily engaged with charismatic megafauna, or visually attractive and impressive animals often used as the face of conservation causes. In this case, however, a symbol of human presence is far larger than the bobcat, creating a confusing message on the prominence and dominance of human activity in this national park.

Creator

National Park Service (NPS)

Source

National Park Service Instagram

Publisher

National Park Service

Date

2018

Contributor

Sarah Ludwin-Peery

Rights

Public domain

Relation

Photographs

Format

N/A

Language

En-US

Type

Photograph

Identifier

N/A

Coverage

Date Created

February 22, 2018

Access Rights

Public Domain

Medium

Digital photograph

Bibliographic Citation

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfeyaulAao5/?hl=en&taken-by=nationalparkservice

Spatial Coverage

Badlands National Park

Temporal Coverage

Contemporary, 21st Century

Audience

General audience

Citation

National Park Service (NPS), “Bobcat perched at Badlands National Park,” Park Culture, accessed February 25, 2021, http://parkculture.org/items/show/157.

Collection

Geolocation