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Celebrating the 127th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams ion Yosemite National Park
October 1, 2017

In the summer of 1979 — when I was just 19 years old — I had the rare privilege of studying under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park. As the years go by, without question, I appreciate that experience more and more.

Yosemite National Park is an amazing “classroom” and we spent time photographing the Valley, the Merced River, as well as up in the high country. But as much as the instruction, I remember some of the social time we had in the evenings with Ansel and his wife Virginia. What an amazing life to have traveled this country — and particularly to our National Parks, and how fortunate he was to see many of these places without the large crowds and restrictions that we have today.

I had been working with black and white film for a solid decade before I began working with Adams’ Zone System, and I would spend another two decades continuing to work in black and white to hone my craft.

At 19, I was pretty awestruck in his presence. I remember scraping together the last bit of cash I had — just enough to buy two of his books at the bookstore in Yosemite; “The Negative” and “The Print” — they seemed like the obvious choices. And then, in a bit more brazened move, I asked him to autograph them! Honestly, to this day, I can’t think of any possession more cherished.

My Ansel Adams Autograph Books

Ansel Adams visited and photographed many of our National Parks — and many places that have become National Parks or are otherwise better protected than they were 100 years ago. And The National Park Poster Project lets me share these incredible places with people from all over the world. Creating the next generation of National Park supporters is something that’s become more and more important to me, and I hope in some small way to contribute to this effort.

One of my goals is to connect with people by producing high-quality artwork that beautifies everyday life. When you buy one of my creations, you also help the trusts, conservancies and associations that support our National Parks. I donate 10% of annual profits to these organizations who use them to raise funds for their ongoing work, and in the past year, I have made financial contributions to:

  • The National Park Foundation
  • The Yosemite Conservancy
  • Washington’s National Park Fund
  • The Glacier Conservancy
  • Friends of Acadia
  • The Western National Parks Association
  • Friends of the Smokies
  • Eastern National
  • The Rocky Mountain Conservancy

In addition, I have been able to donate posters to Yellowstone Forever, Washington’s National Park Fund, the Glacier Conservancy and other groups for their silent auctions to help with their fundraising efforts.

Ansel Adams, who in addition to being an amazing photographer — was also an environmentalist who was realistic about development and the subsequent loss of habitat. Adams advocated for balanced growth, but was pained by the ravages of “progress”. In his autobiography, he stated that, “We all know the tragedy of the dustbowls, the cruel unforgivable erosions of the soil, the depletion of fish or game, and the shrinking of the noble forests. And we know that such catastrophes shrivel the spirit of the people… The wilderness is pushed back, man is everywhere. Solitude, so vital to the individual man, is almost nowhere.”

Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite National Park 101 years ago in 1916. Nearly 50 years would pass before my first visit — the first of many. To this day, Yosemite remains my favorite National Park, not just for the awe-inspiring beauty that is Yosemite, but also for the memories of camping with my family, backpacking the high country with friends, and of course, the summer of 1979 studying under one of the true masters!

The Yosemite National Park poster I have created features what is commonly called the “Tunnel View” — an amazing panoramic view of the Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite National Park

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Now, in addition to the standard Yosemite National Park prints, Artist Proofs are available. These are the first 25 prints pulled from the press run once the colors and registration is dialed in. Artist Proofs display the pressman’s color bars, which he uses to ensure colors stay consistent and plates stay registered throughout the print run. Each print displays my “AP” mark signifying it as an Artist Proof and are numbered 1-25. They are also signed and dated.

Yosemite National Park Artist Proof

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And, all of these posters are available as canvas prints — in two sizes — 16″ x 24″ and 24″ x 36″

Yosemite National Park Canvas Print

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100 Days Until Christmas — Are You Kidding Me?

I know it’s still September, but the calendar doesn’t lie, and with just 100 Days Until Christmas, it’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gift ideas!

Here are a couple of ideas for the National Park lover on your list!!!

Artist Proofs

These Limited Edition prints are in High Demand!

Yosemite National Park Artist ProofArtist Proofs are extremely popular and typically sell out quickly — there are only 25 from each print run! I’ve just reprinted several posters for 2017, so there are new Artist Proofs for:

• Yellowstone • Yosemite • Glacier • Grand Canyon • Crater Lake

And, there’s a brand new Artist Proof for:

• Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Worth Protecting Stickers

These will make awesome stocking stuffers!

Worth Protecting StickerThe Worth Protecting sticker is 3″ x 4″ and printed on white polypropylene with a UV laminate. The sticker is based off of the ever-so-popular “Worth Protecting” poster, created in the style of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Stickers can be slapped on outdoor gear, vehicles and more for people to voice their desire to protect America’s National Parks.

Click Here to See the Worth Protecting Stickers


Canvas Prints

Ready-to-hang wall art — now in two sizes (16″ x 24″ and 24″ x 36″)

Yosemite National Park Canvas PrintPrinted on superior-quality, artist-grade canvas, designed for museum display and gallery exhibitions. This 350 gsm, acid-free canvas has a tight, natural weave which maximizes image quality, while also revealing the texture of an artist’s canvas. Canvas prints are available in two sizes: 16″ x 24″ and 24″ x 36″, are shipped free and are ready to hang.

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Postcards

4 x 6 Postcard FrameLimited on wall space? Postcards are the perfect solution. Just find a frame for 4″ x 6″ photo prints, and you can make a custom display of your favorite parks!

Postcards are also great for sending to friends, use in PostCrossings, Save the Date or other announcements!

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Gift Certificates

Gift CertificateNot sure what to get that special someone? Let them choose! Gift certificates can be used for Posters, Artist Proofs, Canvas Prints, Stickers and Postcards. Gift certificates are a thoughtful, flexible choice. You choose the brand, the recipient chooses the gift. Gift certificates are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift certificates have no additional processing fees and never expire.

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area was established in 1972 as a new urban park. A timely merging of political, economic, social and environmental forces, occurring in both the Bay Area and the country, paved the way for the creation of the park. Its very existence illustrates the power of the environmental conservation movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Here you can go for a hike, enjoy a vista, have a picnic or learn about the centuries of overlapping history from California’s indigenous cultures, Spanish colonialism, the Mexican Republic, US military expansion and the growth of San Francisco.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area protects 82,027 acres of ecologically and historically significant landscapes surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. It has been part of the homelands of Coastal Miwok and Ohlone people for thousands of years and still contains archeological sites and landscapes influenced by native land management. The park’s resources are tremendously varied, ranging from dramatic natural landscapes to cultural and historic landmarks: redwood forests, land protecting endangered species, seaside recreation sites, lighthouses, shipwrecks, former prisons, successful Mexican and early American dairy farms, the U.S. Army’s development of the Bay Area’s expansive seacoast defenses, and elegant early 20th century recreational baths and gardens.

Much of the park is land formerly used by the United States Army. It contains eleven former Army posts whose military architecture and historic landscapes comprise the heart of the park. It encompasses 59 miles of bay and ocean shoreline and has military fortifications that span centuries of California history, from the Spanish conquistadors to Cold War-era Nike missile sites.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service and is one of the most visited units of the National Park system in the United States, with more than 15 million visitors a year. The park is also one of the largest urban parks in the world, with a size two-and-a-half times that of the consolidated city and county of San Francisco. It is not one continuous locale, but rather a collection of areas that stretch from southern San Mateo County to northern Marin County, and includes several areas of San Francisco. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains famous tourist attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz, Fort Point and the Presidio of San Francisco. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area supports 19 distinct ecosystems is also home to 2,000 plant and animal species.


About the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Poster

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area Poster is an original work by Robert Decker and features the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach looking across to the Marin Headlands. The poster measures 13″ x 19″ and is created in the style of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s and 1940s, posters are printed on “Conservation,” a 100% recycled, domestically produced (80 lb.) paper stock with soy-based inks. From start to finish, each poster is 100% American Made.

Click here to see the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Poster

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Artist Proofs are the first 25 posters pulled from each print run. They are numbered 1-25, and are dated and signed. Each print features the color bars used by the pressman to make sure that the print stays registered and colors stay consistent throughout the print run. Golden Gate National Recreation Area posters are 13″ x 20″.

Click here to see the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Artist Proof

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Canvas Prints are printed on superior-quality, artist-grade canvas, designed for museum display and gallery exhibitions. This 350 gsm, acid-free canvas has a tight, natural weave which maximizes image quality, while also revealing the texture of an artist’s canvas. Golden Gate National Recreation Area canvas prints are available in two sizes: 16″ x 24″ 20″ x 30″ and 24″ x 36″, are shipped free and are ready to hang.

Click here to see the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Canvas Print

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