Ian Ruhter

Yosemite

Since my travels in the autumn of last year, a little piece of me has remained firmly lodged in the mighty Yosemite valley. Rarely does the topic of world travel arise without me shoehorning my love for the place squarely into the conversation.

Daniel Scott (veteran of our ‘Cruel & Curious Sea‘ exhibition – more on that soon) dropped by the other day and recommended some audio/visual links that he thought I might dig. I can safely say that a Daniel Scott recommendation is a seal of quality – this has ever been the case – so I knew that some good stuff awaited when he followed our conversation up with some hyperlinks by way of an email.

One such recommendation was Ian Ruhter – a large scale wet plate photographer, and in particular his documented attempts to photograph Yosemite valley. It turns out I’d come across Ian Ruhter before, in his ‘American Dream’ video (right at the end of this post) and was struck by his sensitivity and the delicate touch with which he treated his subjects. I hadn’t put the two together until after I’d watched his Yosemite videos and then dived into his back catalogue of work.

When I left Yosemite last year, I purchased some hiking maps and, as we wound our way out of the formidable valley, I made a promise to return for longer and to adventure further. That trip is already in planning… these videos don’t do the place complete justice, but they go some way to showing one man’s humility when surrounded by absolute natural beauty.

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Cai Waggett

Cai Waggett

Curator of the Hickory Nines collective. Likes to keep busy and deny his actual age. Suffers with a mildly obsessive hankering for the Californian wilderness and dreams of living in a cabin in Big Sur. Reluctantly accepts this will probably never happen.

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