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Through the Narrows

Zion National Park, Utah, 2014

For years, I held to Ansel Adams's philosophy regarding people in landscape photographs, which basically boils down to, "No." Galen Rowell taught me especially through his photos "Three climbers on Everest's West Ridge at 24,500 ft." and "Peter Croft on Evolution Peaks" that figures in a landscape can be powerful elements for a variety of reasons. I now realize that I occasionally include people in my landscape photos because of my own philosophy, informed and influenced as it is by many. I travel through deep canyons, climb up tall peaks, and photograph the stars in dark places to feel very small, and I like to depict that smallness through photographs like this. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.

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