gelatin silver print, selenium toned, 28 x 35,5 cm / 11 x 14 inch
Bradford WASHBURN used the Tokositna Glacier Ablation Zone as a route that guides the viewer’s gaze into the background. The gaze spontaneously ascends the serpentiform tongue of the glacier, to reach the mountains and the sky. This original reading sense of the landscape, from the bottom to the top, is also used by Ansel ADAMS in his famous photograph The Tetons and the Snake River (1942). It is a device that highlights the majesty of the landscape, the eyes are clearly brought to physically rise. The elevation of the soul, which must awaken the contemplation of a grandiose landscape, is expressed by the upward movement to which the composition invites.