Down the Valley, Yosemite, CaliforniaArtist(s)Carleton Emmons WatkinsArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Datecirca 1861, printed 1866-1906Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
8 1/4 in x 11 7/8 in (20.9 cm x 30.2 cm);16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)Credit LineGift of Margaret and Howard BondSubject matter
Shot at the center of a grassy field, this photograph shows a long view of Yosemite’s valley floor. Arranged at the far edge of the field, a line of coniferous and deciduous trees faces the viewer. Sloping in on either side of the image, craggy, tree-dotted cliffs arch into the frame. This central composition emphasizes the visual sensation of being at the bottom of a valley, surrounded by high ridges. The cliffs in the distance seem to all but fade into the sky, enveloped by a warm, atmospheric haze. This warmth, paired with the sharp focus of the image, causes the verdant features of the landscape to gleam in crisp detail.Physical Description
Photographed from ground level, this image depicts a wide view of a valley floor surrounded by tall cliffs on either side.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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