A 19th Century photograph of the American Landscape
Landscape: Browns Park, Colorado
Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-82) was a photographer widely known for his work
related to the American Civil War and the Western United States.
"Not only was O'Sullivan one of the most intrepid and successful of the U.S. government expedition photographers who roamed the West under appalling conditions in the late 1860s and 1870s," from the Tucson Weekly wrote in 2003 by Margaret Regan, "he was one of the best of the Civil War photographers. His photos of the war's anonymous dead, lying bloated in the bloody fields of Gettysburg and elsewhere, are emblazoned into the consciousness of Americans."
O'Sullivantoook photographsof the American Westbetween 1867and 1874,During two expeditionsadministeredby the U.S.War Department (one led byClarenceKingalong the40thparalleland the other byLt.George M).
What marksus in theseimages isthe curiosityshown by thephotographer,the perfection ofthe compositionandthe beauty of thewild landscapesof the American West, which are already beingradically transformeddeeper.
We see one character surrounded by the enormous landscape. Which could represent the fact that us, human are really small in the world? The character also represents a man which takes the land as his possession. Thinking this land belong to them.. Which emphases the 'manifesty destiny'
I believe that
this photography was taken to show the 'incredible landscape' and natural beauty
of west and encourage people to travel west, to discover new area and encourage western