I wanted to pass along that I’ve had the honor of having been asked by David Leland Hyde to do a guest blog about the Quabbin Reservoir on his site, Landscape Photography Blogger. If you’re interested, just click on the hot link associated with the name. David is a terrific photographer in his own right, but really came into the field in part as a steward to the library of work of his Father, Philip Hyde. Philip Hyde, who passed away in 2006, left behind a body of work easily on a par with that of the other great names of landscape photography such as Ansel Adams and Elliot Porter. He created magnificent art that stood on its own for its ability to capture something of the spirit of place in the west. In addition though, his art was also in the service of education and conservation. He was closely aligned with the Sierra Club among other groups in that effort and perhaps best known for his work in the area behind Glen Canyon Dam in Colorado, locations now submerged by the Reservoir there. He was a relentless defender of the natural world in part because he felt that the experience of participating in that world was essential for all of us. As a photographer he was also one of the first large landscape photographers to use color film. Now we take color for granted, and hardly ever use film! At the time, that was a major technological leap. David Leland Hyde has I think invigorated Phillip Hyde’s legacy, as both an artist and an environmentalist, in a way that is so important. This story goes on, thankfully.
I was thrilled then when David contacted me and expressed a real interest in our Massachusetts wilderness, the Quabbin Reservoir area. As my wife and I joke sometimes, it’s not Yosemite, but it’s pretty darn interesting. As I tried to capture in the piece on Landscape Photography Blogger, anyone who cares to go there can experience that sense of being in the wild that Philip Hyde rightfully drew to our attention. Thanks to David for helping spread that story.
A while back, I posted the video you see below that presents some of Philip Hyde’s work. I titled the post, Images that Changed the World. Have a look. The imagery is stunning. David Leland Hyde is the narrator. And yes, Philip and his colleagues had to fight to keep dams out of the Grand Canyon, if you can believe that. It seems to me that we have come a long way, but that alas, we have a long way to go. Those of you reading this blog who are interested in landscape photography should make a visit to Landscape Photography Blogger a routine part of your week. It’s always worth the time.