Waterfalls are a signature feature of the American West, from the hanging falls of Yosemite Valley to the bridge-framed plunge of Multnomah. Seattle photographer Peter de Lory spent two years documenting our local cataracts, challenging himself to bring a fresh eye to a subject so often recorded. How did he do? KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, joins us with his conclusions.
Things were so much simpler before all the people showed up. Early artistic visions of the western landscape portrayed its epic sweep and dramatic contrasts with only the occasional glimpse of man: the native canoe here, the smoky encampment there. Everywhere in the old pictures nature reigned supreme, snow-capped volcanoes rising like gods over endless evergreen woods.