Aquatica Launched

Alpengraphik‘s mission is to disseminate ideas and information about the role of photography (and its companion “graphies”) in the modern world.

This is a complex and involved task, and we are moving to address this most interesting and important mission through a narrowing of our activities by looking at a smaller number of topics.

To this end, we offer up the first of several new Web tools: Aquatica. It comprises graphic presentations across the range of topics relating to living on the water planet.

Here is where to find it:  http://aquatica.alpengraphik.com

 

Natural Visions

Natural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform (by Finis Dunaway) is a truly wonderful exposition of the history of photography, film/video, and art as shapers of the society (and by extension the physical world) we see today. Let the publisher describe it more deeply.

“Walden PondNatural Visions. The Grand Canyon.Yosemite National Park. Throughout the twentieth century, photographers and filmmakers created unforgettable images of these and other American natural treasures. Many of these images, including the work of Ansel Adams, continue to occupy a prominent place in the American imagination. Making these representations, though, was more than a purely aesthetic project. In fact, portraying majestic scenes and threatened places galvanized concern for the environment and its protection. Natural Visions documents through images the history of environmental reform from the Progressive era to the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, showing the crucial role the camera played in the development of the conservation movement.

“In Natural Visions, Finis Dunaway tells the story of how visual imagery—such as wilderness photographs, New Deal documentary films, and Sierra Club coffee-table books—shaped modern perceptions of the natural world. By examining the relationship between the camera and environmental politics through detailed studies of key artists and activists, Dunaway captures the emotional and spiritual meaning that became associated with the American landscape. Throughout the book, he reveals how photographers and filmmakers adapted longstanding traditions in American culture—the Puritan jeremiad, the romantic sublime, and the frontier myth—to literally picture nature as a place of grace for the individual and the nation.

“Beautifully illustrated with photographs by Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and a host of other artists, Natural Visions will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in American cultural history, the visual arts, and environmentalism.”

University of Chicago Press – ISBN: 9780226173252 (Hardcover)

The New Web Site

We’re diving into the worlds of WordPress, Flickr, and cloud computing to rebuild the world of alpenGRAPHIK. All its constituent elements actually fit together quite well in practice, but things got awfully jumbled in the area of management and presentation of content. The beauty of the Web and the core concepts of hyperlinked data is that they mimic the ecosystem of data and information in the “real” world, but, happily, can also serve as tools to grab back control of everything when shortages of time and resources work their mischief on daily operations.

Last weekend’s challenge of three major photo shoots (National Championship Race Walk 5k, Freihofer’s Run for Women, and Saratoga Springs Tour de Cure bike extravaganza) and the resulting task of dealing with thousands of images provided a needed requirement to act …. and this new home for the alpenGRAPHIK “family” is hopefully the needed response.

Here we go.