The Icons

The fact that some places have been photographed thousands, even millions, of times creates occasional angst among landscape photographers. These places are amazing to our eye and, typically, easy to get to — for a better and worse — so they become popular and are photographed often, from snap shots to fine art imagery. Is this a problem? It can be for the place, as visitation increases exponentially and local conditions degrade, but it is not a problem for photography. I like photographing the icons, although the crowds can make me skip it. Like a musician covering a favorite song, photographing icons is part of growth, it is never really the same as the original, and the result can be so very satisfying.