Are People The Real Danger To Our National Parks?
I spent a week photographing the historic architecture in Cades Cove, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and I came away sad, angry, and outraged.
I started a project to photograph all of the historic cabins, mills, barns, and other historic buildings in Cades Cove. I was inspired to undertake this project because of the fires at the end of 2015 that burned thousands of acres in the park, took the lives of several people, injured hundreds more, and thousands more lost their homes.
Something unexpected happened this week, and I want to share it with you. As I spent time at each of the buildings I began to realize that natural disasters like tornadoes, fire, floods, etc. are a legitimate threat to these historic structures, people are most likely a bigger threat. I was sick to my stomach to see the amount of defacement that people have done to these historic structures. It makes me very angry, and also very sad at the same time. I can't imagine why anyone would travel to a national park for the peacefulness and sublime beauty, and then decided it is a good idea to damage and destroy the historic architecture. Once these last few buildings are gone, they are gone forever.
For the photographers in the group, I used Ilford FP4+ 5x7 sheet film this week and I am developing in Pyrocat HD. I made this choice because I am creating platinum archival prints of the historic architecture so that I can donate the platinum prints to the proper historic preservation group(s) to properly care for and maintain these prints for future generations.
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