Mary Anne Kluth on the ImageBlog

“Above the timber the mountain is naked, and all above nine thousand or ten thousand feet is a scene of unmixed and unrelieved desolation—rock, snow, and dry soil, that is all. No plant cheers the eye, no insect or bird appears…. In Switzerland, or the Tyrol… above the timber there would still be vegetation… The Alps are grand in their beauty, Mount Shasta is sublime in its desolation.”

p. 318
92 x 36 inches
archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper

An image made entirely out of digital photos of theme park landscapes to match the description, taken from Up and Down California in 1860-1864: the journal of William H. Brewer, edited by Francis P. Farquhar, 4th Ed., which is used as a title. The composition is based on F.E. Church’s The Icebergs (1861)