in the National Galleries of Scotland, an exhibition. once on their site, click on 'Read More' to see the whole article.
"Exploring the theme of landscape through photographs from the 1840s to the present day, this exhibition brings together a selection of prints that transport the viewer around the world. From views of Niagara Falls to the Egyptian Pyramids many of the world’s greatest locations have been recorded by the camera." Go to National Gallery of Scotland
View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Mass, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow,
Today we refer you to an article by Jennifer Kabat in the New York Review of Books about the Metropolitan Museum's Cole show in 2018. It is an interesting read referencing Cole's place in time, in New York and the art world as those with time and money could appreciate the New World as and idealized wilderness.
The political, social and environmental aspect of landscape art change along with the times while the art stays the same. This interpretation is always set within the confines of the nature of the critic, the critic's training and the critic's place in society; as is most often the case, that of historically privileged.
Whether you choose to align yourself with the environmental side which is currently the vogue as wilderness by those wishing for the pristine, or an other point of view will be one of the ongoing pursuits here to try to define.
Kabat's article Thomas Cole: A Conservative Conservationist
Phenomenal image by Joe Randall acquired from the EarthSky website/newsletter. This ring around the moon is called a 22-degree halo by skywatchers. The mountain below is Pikes Peak, in Colorado, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rockies. Image via Joe Randall. Thanks Joe!