“On Photography”

Hudson River School painter Alexander Wyant in the early 1870s traveled to the Adirondack Mountains to paint. In the early 1980s I traveled to the very same spot with my 4×5 Speed Graphic camera to photograph. I was not aware of his painting at the time. Years later when visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., I was ecstatic to find that Wyant’s original was identical to mine in its composition. We were probably standing in the very same rock to create The Flume, Opalescent River. Even the shape of the sky resembles his. I was most pleased to realize that I was truly walking in the footsteps of the painters of this important School of American Art. My Hudson River photography spans two centuries and is alive today.

The Flume, Opalescent River by Alexander Wyant and Joseph Squillante

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