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Each of Carleton Watkins’ iconic mammoth plate images from the California Geological Survey depict the majesty of nature, excitement of exploration, joy of discovery and reverence for the natural environment; twenty-three of which were included in The Yosemite Book by Josiah D. Whitney (1869). Using these twenty-three images as a guide I re-imaged the scenes in order to examine the experience, perception, interpretation, analysis and categorization of space as it relates to the natural landscape.

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