Through the Lens of Time

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Bradly J. Boner Univer­sity Press of Colorado Hard­cover $39.95 (368pp) 978-1-60732-448-5

Pho­to­jour­nal­ist Bradly Boner, who has spent al­most two decades doc­u­ment­ing some of the most cul­tur­ally rich cor­ners of the Amer­i­can land­scape, first felt the power of Yellowstone at the age of ten, on a fam­ily trip that was to mark him for­ever. Yellowstone Na­tional Park: Through the Lens of Time is his vis­ual tribute to the place and to the work of pi­o­neer­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Wil­liam Henry Jack­son, who, as part of the 1871 Hay­den Sur­vey, first cap­tured its gran­deur. Aware of the awe and won­der Jack­son must have felt as he be­held Yellowstone for the first time, Boner did metic­u­lous re­search on his pho­tos, and then, to ar­rive at Jack­son’s ex­act lo­ca­tions, con­fronted the haz­ards of in­clement weather, the prox­im­ity of wild­fires, pos­si­ble con­fronta­tions with wild an­i­mals, the risk of get­ting lost, and waist-deep river cross­ings. He then re­took Jack­son’s black-and-white shots in breath­tak­ing color and laid the images side by side in a gor­geous vis­ual cel­e­bra­tion of na­ture’s wild, pris­tine glory.

Early re­ports of the won­ders of this wilder­ness were thought to be the mad ram­blings of men who had spent too much time alone in the wild. It was the work of artists like Thomas Mo­ran and pho­tog­ra­phers like Jack­son that cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the na­tion and in­spired the cre­ation of the world’s first na­tional park at Yellowstone.

Now, Boner’s lus­cious pho­to­graphs, en­hanced with per­sonal sto­ries and in­for­ma­tion on the area’s his­tory and ge­ol­ogy, are avail­able to make vis­it­ing the park a richer, more memorable ex­pe­ri­ence; but even those whose trav­els are of the imag­i­nary sort will be awed and en­chanted by his stun­ning record of na­ture’s mighty cat­a­clysms and the wild beauty that has been left in our keep­ing.

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