The Golden Gate and New Concrete Viaduct, costing $10,000, Yellowstone National Park

Golden Gate and New Concrete Viaduct

Description

This photograph is just one of the many stereographs created as a mode of transporting a slightly more three-dimensional experience of the national parks back to audiences who were not able to travel to the newly-protected Yellowstone and Yosemite. Although the creator of this photograph is unknown, the stereo view was heavily utilized by another prolific photographer of the national parks at the time of their creation, Carleton Watkins, in order to provide viewers with an idea of “western scale” (Nickel 1999).

Rendered partly in black-and-white and partly in bright, incongruous shades of orange, this stereograph attempts to capture scale both in literal size and in intensity of color and natural wonder. The grand viaduct, whose cost is explicitly stated in the piece’s title, is made to look miniature by comparison to the grander and taller rock face rising behind it, suggesting the impossibility of manmade objects reaching the magnificence of the western landscape. However, this photograph foretells an era of human accomplishment. The viaduct was a success, and now the man in the photograph can comfortably gaze over the scene as the sun sets and beckons a new age. When imagining this stereograph through the point of view of a stereoscope, one can imagine that the degree of depth created by the two peaks framing the swath of orange sky would be most striking. The viewer hopes to take the place of the figure in the photograph and experience their own human scale in relation to the grandeur of Yellowstone while remaining confident in their comfort and human capability.

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Title

The Golden Gate and New Concrete Viaduct, costing $10,000, Yellowstone National Park

Subject

Yellowstone, Golden Gate, viaduct, stereograph, photograph

Description

This photograph is just one of the many stereographs created as a mode of transporting a slightly more three-dimensional experience of the national parks back to audiences who were not able to travel to the newly-protected Yellowstone and Yosemite. Although the creator of this photograph is unknown, the stereo view was heavily utilized by another prolific photographer of the national parks at the time of their creation, Carleton Watkins, in order to provide viewers with an idea of “western scale” (Nickel 1999).

Rendered partly in black-and-white and partly in bright, incongruous shades of orange, this stereograph attempts to capture scale both in literal size and in intensity of color and natural wonder. The grand viaduct, whose cost is explicitly stated in the piece’s title, is made to look miniature by comparison to the grander and taller rock face rising behind it, suggesting the impossibility of manmade objects reaching the magnificence of the western landscape. However, this photograph foretells an era of human accomplishment. The viaduct was a success, and now the man in the photograph can comfortably gaze over the scene as the sun sets and beckons a new age. When imagining this stereograph through the point of view of a stereoscope, one can imagine that the degree of depth created by the two peaks framing the swath of orange sky would be most striking. The viewer hopes to take the place of the figure in the photograph and experience their own human scale in relation to the grandeur of Yellowstone while remaining confident in their comfort and human capability.

Creator

Berry, Kelley, & Chadwick [Publisher]

Source

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library (NYPL)

Publisher

Berry, Kelley, & Chadwick

Date

1908

Contributor

Sophie Lieberman

Rights

E.W. Kelley, public domain.

Relation

Photographs

Format

10 x 18 cm (3 94/100 x 7 09/100 in.)

Language

En-US

Type

Stereograph

Identifier

Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 10562f90-c56f-012f-df94-58d385a7bc34

Coverage

Alternative Title

Golden Gate and New Concrete Viaduct

Date Created

February 22, 2018

Date Modified

March 29, 2018

Access Rights

"The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use."

Medium

Stereograph

Bibliographic Citation

From the New York Public Library https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/10562f90-c56f-012f-df94-58d385a7bc34#/?uuid=510d47e1-c128-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Spatial Coverage

Golden Gate Canyon

Temporal Coverage

20th Century

Audience

General audience

Rights Holder

https://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/legal-notices/open-metadata

Citation

Berry, Kelley, & Chadwick [Publisher], “The Golden Gate and New Concrete Viaduct, costing $10,000, Yellowstone National Park,” Park Culture, accessed September 24, 2022, http://parkculture.org/items/show/164.

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