Sunday, November 25, 2018

YOSEMITE PEOPLE: PHOTOS BY JONAS KULIKAUSKAS


CURRY VILLAGE AMPHITHEATHER 7/2014
copyright Jonas Kulikauskas

Here's how this weeks's arts and culture piece begins:

Jonas Kulikauskas’ black and white photographs strike a delicate balance between ‘nature’ and man

“Yosemite People” (A Thousand Words Press, $55), is the work of award-winning LA photographer and artist Jonas Kulikauskas.

“My parents were Lithuanian refugees from World War II. Both of them lived in displaced persons’ camps in Germany for four years. They often had to uproot and move from one location to another. So that’s deep in my genes.

“For years I’ve set aside the first week of the new year as a time of special reflection, partly because January 4 is my sobriety date.”

For Y2K, he went to Zion in Utah.

Zion is packed in summer and relatively empty in winter.

He liked the phenomenon. He liked mingling with the locals. He liked that after he’d gone a few times, he had a sense of belonging.

He went to Zion every January for the next 13 years.

But in 2014 he was ready for a change. So on New Year’s Day he ended up at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley.

He was struck one morning by the sight of a dining hall server carefully shaking out, laying in place, and smoothing the creases of a white tablecloth. He got a perfectly framed shot of her back with a view through the opposite 16-foot window of filigreed trees.

He ended up returning more than 20 times in the next two years — “to bring his street photography to the wilderness,” as he puts it.

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.


LOWER YOSEMITE FALL 7/2014
copyright Jonas Kulikauskas

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