Name a topic in photography and there are as many opinions as there are cameras in the hands of people.
That’s a good thing though as it speaks more to individual approaches and styles than adopting the style of others.
Sharpening is one of those topics – what works for one may not for another like commercialized plugins and actions.
Of late I’ve been tinkering with different approaches when it comes to sharpening and the above photo is one example.
I’ve posted this photo before but like the detail in the horse with this latest version – this of course is a scale model of the Crazy Horse monument not far from Keystone, S.D.
The topic of the Crazy Horse monument that is located a few miles from Keystone, S.D. and Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills came up this morning and set me to thinking about my one trip there with an elder several years ago.
While I have a great appreciation for Korczak Zilokowski’s ability as a sculptor and wood carver I’m not big on carving up mountains.
I’ve heard the argument that if there is to be a Rushmore then there should also be a Crazy Horse – maybe, maybe not, but my personal opinion is that there should be neither.
It’s been a decade or so since I was there and in looking on the net it doesn’t seem as though a lot of progress has been made, but then it is a huge undertaking.
The monument is characterized as being “a memorial for all Native American Tribes” and initially the idea of Henry Standing Bear who pursued Ziolkowski to undertake the work as an homage to Crazy Horse and indigenous people.
Initially Gutzon Borglum the creator of Mt. Rushmore was sought for the task but didn’t express any interest.
The good that will come from this should it eventuate will be a satellite campus of the University of South Dakota which as part of the curriculum will include indigenous study courses, a scholarship program, and student housing.
Close to seventy years later versus fourteen years to complete Rushmore and what has emerged is a representation of the face of Crazy Horse.
Thunder Mountain cannot be put back together so protests seem a moot point at this stage of the game and one can only wonder how many more seventy year cycles will it take before this “monument” is finished?
In my opinion the greatest of monuments are pristine mountains and wilderness areas – monuments that have stood for eons of time and should be left as they are.
A photo of the Crazy Horse monument a few miles from Keystone, S.D.
Ran across a couple more – the model showing what it will look like upon completion and a wood sculpture of the horse’s head:
Controversial for the nations and something of financial windfall for South Dakota tourism along with Mt. Rushmore.
Not even sure when exactly I took this photo, eight ten years ago, actually been there once but haven’t been back and have no plans to return, so I don’t have any idea how far along the work has progressed.
The flag pole at the top behind the face gives you an idea of the size.
And of course there’s the obligatory tourist center, a museum of sorts, and assorted tourist related articles to purchase.
Kind of a generic interpretation as there are no known photographs of Crazy Horse in existence, and I doubt he would have been impressed with a mountain being carved up in his name.
It’s been a few years, seven or eight in fact, maybe even ten, since my visit to Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument .
I don’t have any desire to visit such sites and basically went at the behest of an elder who wanted to see first hand what it was all about.
I’m told now the head of CH has been completed, as can be seen in the photo I took then it hadn’t been.
Impressive amount of work and skill at both sites, but I’m not in favor of carving up mountains for any reason.
There seems to be an inner turmoil among friends I’ve talked to about this – to the man or woman they don’t like Rushmore for obvious reasons.
When it comes to CH they will voice the opinion they don’t like the mountain being carved up with an under current of something else as well – sort of well if we have to four dead presidents staring at us, one of them Lincoln, who signed off on the largest mass execution in this country of 38 indigenous men, maybe it’ s an in your face sort of thing to have a bigger CH , ultimately though neither should exist.
Following our visit we stopped at the town of Keystone, kind of the gateway to Rushmore and CH for something to eat.
Got the predictable tourist looks of curiosity accompanied by what were thought to be secretive snaps of camera shutters as we verbally mulled things over.
This elder already unsettled by what he had seen upon seeing the curious looks and hearing the shutters quietly said he now understood how the fourlegs in the zoo must feel – that struck me in a way I wouldn’t have anticipated, the truth of it.
There are those who will say as a people the nations need to “get over it” – doesn’t matter who you are or where you are some things you never truly get over.