Rick Braveheart began his residency in Zion on February 4 and is in residence through March 3. Rick will discuss his 25-year career as a landscape photographer photographing America's national lands, his residency experience at Zion, and how the park's landscape contributes to his objective, as a photographer and Native American, to honor and share the beauty of the land and its creatures. His images tell a story about the subject and its relationship to the world around it. Viewed quickly they present a snapshot of the visual beauty of a single moment. With slow, mindful observation and reflection, the subtle details of the subject are revealed. The length of a shadow explains the time of day, a blurred leaf exposes a gentle breeze, and a white frost on a leaf conveys the chill of a late autumn morning.
He is guided by the principles of walking gently upon the Earth and honoring the land and its people and animals to help maintain harmony in nature. Where that harmony exists, beauty flourishes. His wish, in each photograph he captures, is to share the beauty of nature and of the Earth. The more others can see and appreciate this beauty, the more they may come to realize the importance of helping to maintain it for future generations.
Mr. Braveheart’s participation in the Artist-in-Residence program at Zion National Park honors and continues a long tradition of artists using their work to facilitate a national conversation on the value of nature and preservation. This tradition began in the early 19th century with Hudson River School painters and Transcendentalist writers like Thomas Cole and Henry David Thoreau. The work of some of these artists led to preservation legislation that created Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks.
For more information on the Artist-in-Residence program at Zion National Park please visit our website at www.nps.gov/zion. For more information on Rick Braveheart please visit his website at www.rickbraveheart.com.